When to use sun protection

Sun protection is recommended whenever UV levels reach 3 or higher. Because you cannot see or feel UV, you can’t rely on your senses to let you know when you’re in danger. Don’t just wait for hot or sunny days – UV can reach you on cool and cloudy days too.

The sun protection times are a forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology for the time of day UV levels are expected to reach 3 or higher. In Victoria, UV levels regularly reach 3 or higher from mid-August to the end of April. Check the free SunSmart app  or add the SunSmart widget to your club website to monitor the sun protection times each day.

When UV levels are low (usually from May to mid-August), sun protection is not recommended, unless you are spending extended periods of time outdoors, or near reflective surfaces, such as sand, water or snow .

Sun protection is recommended all year if you are spending long hours participating in activities, training events and competitions outdoors.

Find out more about UV levels and sun protection times.

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