Ultraviolet (UV) Index Data Services

A range of services that contain UV and sun protection is available from the Bureau via its registered user catalogue. If you are considering using any of the information to support ongoing systems or apps then it is highly recommended that you register with the Bureau so that we can keep you informed. Note that some fees and charges apply.

There are various formats available, simple text based with sun protection times and maximum UV Index for 677 locations around Australia out to 4 days ahead. This is available on our FTP site.

The text format is described as follows:

Element Example Comments
Lat -34.92 Latitude (minus sign indicates degrees south) to two decimal places
Long 138.62 Longitude to two decimal places
Region SA Abbreviations for states and territories
Location Albury-Wodonga Placename
DayMonYear 28 04 2016 DD MM YYYY
UV Alert period (local time) Sun protection recommended from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm,
Sun protection not recommended.
Sun protection times when the UV Index is 3 and above.
Previously called UV Alert. In am/pm format and in local time.
If the UV Index is not expected to reach 3 during the day then the words "Sun protection not recommended" are used.
UVI max UV Index predicted to reach 4 [Moderate] Maximum index plus worded intensity in square brackets.

For more complex systems such as GIS tools or mapping tools we recommended that gridded UV information is used. This is available through our registered user services. Note that some fees and charges apply.

Note that the information is supplied by the Bureau of Meteorology but produced by the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS). If you use the UV and sun protection information then the Bureau asks that you acknowledge the ECMWF CAMS in any product or service derived from these data using the following or any similar notice 'Generated using Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service Information [Year]'.

Map legend:
      11+ (violet) extreme,
      8-10 (red) very high,
      6-7 (orange) high,
      3-5 (yellow) moderate,
      1-2 (green) low
      Protect yourself in 5 ways:
      1) Slip on sun-protective clothing, 
      2) Slop on SPF30+ sunscreen. Reapply every two hours, 
      3) Slap on a broad-brimmed hat, 
      4) Seek shade, 
      5) Slide on wrap-around sunglasses.

Check and protect

It is important for all Australians and visitors to look and listen for UV Index levels in local weather forecasts. Use a combination of sun protection measures – never rely on just one.

Think UV, not heat

UV radiation is not related to how hot or cold it is. You can still get burnt on cool or cloudy days.

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