What is UV Index?

UV (ultraviolet) rays are a type of electromagnetic radiation that comes from the sun. Depending on the location and current weather of an area, there is a different level of “strength” of the UV rays – for example, a mountainous region at a high altitude or a sunny location near the equator has stronger UV radiation than a cloudy area at a lower elevation. This measurement of strength is called UV index, ranging in level from 0(low)-15(high).

Here in Wisconsin, the UV index level is rather low in the winter and moderate in the summer. It is important to be aware of UV index to make informed decisions about sun safety. There are health benefits and risks to sun exposure, so use your judgment and feel free to do more research about the topic.

Here is a helpful link to find the UV index in your zip code for the next few days: https://www.epa.gov/sunsafety/uv-index-1

To check out the local forecast and plan your next adventure, go to our Weather Page here – https://foxriverkayakingcompany.com/weather/