The SunSmart UV Alert
The SunSmart UV Index is a quick and simple way to view the sun's UV radiation intensity level. It divides UV radiation (UVR) levels into LOW (1–2), MODERATE (3–5), HIGH (6–7), VERY HIGH (8–10) and EXTREME (11 and above).
When UV levels are forecast to reach 3 and above, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) will issue a Daily SunSmart UV Alert- this signifies that sun protection is recommended because the forecast UVR levels throughout the day will be intense enough to damage your unprotected skin and eyes. The SunSmart UV Alert indicates the actual time of the day when sun protection will and will not be recommended. View today's SunSmart UV Index for Canberra.
In Canberra from the beginning of August through to the end of May UV levels are typically 3 and above for part of or most of the day.
For a more detailed understanding of ultraviolet radiation and the UV Index read Global Solar UV Index- A Practical Guide.
Traveling throughout Australia or overseas? If so then check out UV levels prior to departure!
(NEW) Real-Time UV Levels in Canberra
Canberrans can now view real time UV levels at the click of a mouse via the ARPANSA website.
Click here to view the values of the average annual, average monthly and average seasonal solar ultraviolet (UV) Index over Australia.
Other Links of interest
Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA)
World Health Organization (WHO)
BOM - Australian UV and Ozone Forecasting System