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UV reaches dangerous levels on Taiwan’s east coast
太陽好曬 花東紫外線危險級

People walk outside on a baking-hot day in Taipei in an undated photo.
民眾頂著酷暑行走於台北街頭,照片日期不明。

Photo: CNA
照片:中央社

On Sunday, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) ultraviolet index (UVI) forecast indicated “dangerous” ultra violet (UV) levels for Hualien, Taitung and Penghu, while in all other areas of the country UV levels were “extreme.”

According to the EPA UVI monitoring system’s classification levels, a UV index of between eight and 10 is extreme, while anything at 11 or above is classified as dangerous. On Sunday UV levels in Hualien, Taitung and Penghu reached 11 or above and in all other areas of the country levels were between eight and 10.

The EPA says members of the public living in areas where the index indicates extreme levels of UV will become sunburnt after being exposed to the sun for 20 minutes, while those living in areas with dangerous levels of UV will burn after 15 minutes of exposure to the sun.

The EPA advises that the public should, so far as is possible, refrain from going outdoors between 10am and 2pm. If going outside during these times, the EPA advises taking adequate steps to protect oneself from the sun and to stay in shady areas.(CNA, TRANSLATED BY EDWARD JONES)

環保署紫外線指數預報上週日顯示,全台紫外線指數除花蓮、台東、澎湖為危險級,其他地區皆為過量級。

依環境保護署紫外線監測系統分級標準,紫外線指數八至十屬過量級、十一級以上屬危險級。上週日全台地區紫外線指數除花蓮、台東、澎湖為十一及十一以上,其他地區皆為八至十。

環保署表示,紫外線過量級地區的民眾,如果在外曝曬二十分鐘,危險級地區的民眾,在外曝曬十五分鐘,就有可能曬傷。

環保署建議民眾在早上十時至下午二時期間,盡量減少外出,且外出時應做好防曬措施及待在陰涼處。(中央社)

Follow Up
課後練習

1) According to the EPA, in which areas of the country were UV index levels measured as “dangerous?”

1) 根據環保署的資料,台灣哪些地區紫外線指數為「危險級」?

2) What should people do if they go outside between the hours of 10am and 2pm?

2) 民眾如果在上午十時至下午二時期間外出,必須做什麼呢?


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