Ultraviolet (UV) Index Data Services

User information

The UV Index graphs and values for cities and towns around Australia are freely available on the Bureau's FTP site for anybody, especially developers, to use in, for example, web and mobile phone applications.

Forecasts for tomorrow

IDYGP005 - UV Index Graphs issued for tomorrow

  • The graphs files for each location are identified by the name and state of the location within the filename. The graphs are produced at approximately 5:35pm EST each day.

IDYGP007 - UV Alert and Index values issued for tomorrow (late afternoon edition)

  • The UV Alert and Index Data is available in fixed width text format and is designed to be easily read by computer processes. This file is produced at approximately 5:35pm EST each day, and may be updated whenever there is a change in its contents.

The IDYGP007 product exists as a ".txt" file whose contents is a series of rows, each row contains UV forecast information for one particular location. A description of the data in the UV Alert and Index file follows:

Example:

"0001 014015 94120 Darwin 27 07 2009 UV Alert from 9.50 to 15.50 Max: 9"

Text File Schema
Fixed width field
Description
0001 Index number
014015 Bureau of Meteorology Station Number
94120 World Meteorological Organisation Station Number
Darwin Location
27 07 2009 Date: dd mm yyyy

2 modes

  • UV Alert from 9.50 to 15.50
  • No UV Alert

Time period during the day (24 hour local time: hh.mm) when the UV alert is current, ie UV Index forecast equal or above 3

"No UV Alert" is displayed when the UV index forecast is below 3.

Max: 9 Maximum UV Index for the day

IDYGP007 - State summaries of UV Alert and Index values

Summaries available:

Example:

"0001 014015 94120 Darwin 27 07 2009 UV Alert from 9:50 am to 3:50 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 5 [Moderate]"

Text File Schema
Fixed width field Description
0001 Index number
014015 Bureau of Meteorology Station Number
94120 World Meteorological Organisation Station Number
Darwin Location
27 07 2009 Date: dd mm yyyy

2 modes

  • UV Alert from 9:50 am to 3:50 pm,
  • No UV Alert ,

Time period during the day (local time: h.mm am/pm) when the UV alert is current, ie UV Index forecast equal or above 3

"No UV Alert ," is displayed when the UV index forecast is below 3.

UV Index predicted to reach  5 [Moderate]

Maximum UV Index and category for the day

IDYGP026 - UV Alert and Indexissued for tomorrow (early morning edition)

  • The UV Alert and Index Data is available in fixed width text format. This file is produced at approximately 10:00am EST each day, and may be updated whenever there is a change in its contents.  

The IDYGP026 product exists as a ".txt" file whose contents is a series of rows, each row contains UV forecast information for one particular location. A description of the data in the UV Alert and Index file follows:

Example:

"Darwin Wed 10 03 2010 UV Alert from 9.10 to 16.40 Max: 13"

Text File Schema
Fixed width field Description
Darwin Location
Wed 10 03 2010 Date: day dd mm yyyy

2 modes

  • UV Alert from 9.50 to 15.50
  • No UV Alert

Time period during the day (24 hour local time: hh.mm) when the UV alert is current, ie UV Index forecast equal or above 3

"No UV Alert" is displayed when the UV index forecast is below 3.

Max: 9 Maximum UV Index for the day

Real-time UV observation values

Real-time observations of UV levels for 9 locations, including the capital cities, are available in XML format from ARPANSA (Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency). The values are refreshed every 10 minutes.

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 or visitors to Australia, to look and listen for UV Index levels in local weather forecasts.

Remember

You should use a combination of sun protection measures to keep you safe from UV radiation - never rely on just one.

Further Information