Published over 1 year ago, by Roeland Pater

New Zealand, together with Australia, has the highest melanoma incidence in the world. So the New Zealanders are quite aware of the risk, but still the number of cases are quite shocking. The sun plays a big part. UV exposure is a major risk factor for melanoma development - therefore it's key to keep an eye on the sun's strength.

It's important to stay in the shade during the warmest hours of the day (between 10am and 3pm), but during days with high UV exposure it's best to avoid direct sunlight at all. So let's take a look at the UV index for this weekend, so you know what to look out for.

Here is the 3-day UV index forecast for this weekend:



Location

Max UV
Friday Mar. 25

Max UV 
Saturday Mar. 26

Max UV
Sunday Mar. 27

Auckland

4

4

6

Christchurch

4

5

6

Greymouth

2

4

4

Invercargill

3

4

2

Napier

3

4

6

Taupo

3

4

6

Wellington

3

5

6

Queenstown

5

5

4


This is how to act on these numbers:

Low (0-2): Unless outdoors for multiple hours in a row, sun protection is smart, but not necessary.
Moderate (3-5): Seek shade often, wear sunglasses, slap on sunscreen.
High (6-7): Avoid direct sunlight, wear a hat, and all of the above.
Very high (8-10): Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours and wear protective clothing, plus all of the above.
Extreme (11+): All the above, and make sure to drink lots of water as well. Stay out of the sun!

This weekend sees moderate up to high UV exposure. So if you are planning any outdoor activity, make sure to take precautions.

Protect your skin by applying sunscreen (SPF 30+) multiple times a day and perform regular skin checks to make sure you are okay. And next to that, enjoy your weekend of course!