About UV and sun protection times

The Bureau, Cancer Council and Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA), have adopted Sun Protection Times based on the World Health Organisation's Global Solar UV Index.

The Bureau's weather forecasts contain 'Sun protection times' in line with the Cancer Council's recommendation. For example:

"Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 4:10 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 10 [Very High]"

Capital city forecasts

Sydney   |   Melbourne   |   Brisbane   |   Perth   |   Adelaide   |   Hobart   |   Canberra   |   Darwin

UV Index forecast and maps

This example shows where you can find the UV information:

An example showing the UV forecast on the Extended Forecast page

There are also maps of UV Index inside our forecast viewer 'MetEye'. The UV index can be selected from the left hand menu once you are in the viewer. Note that the viewer will open with wind speed and direction as a default setting.

An example showing the UV forecast in MetEye

To see how the values of UV change during the day the UV Index values are presented in our Detailed 3-Hourly Forecast tabular output. To view this output click on 'See text views for location' in the top right hand corner and you will be presented with a weather page for your selected location. Once more in the top right corner select 'Detailed 3-Hourly Forecast'.

The UV information is just under the temperatures.

An example showing the UV forecast on the Detailed 3-hourly forecast page


The UV Index forecast is produced by the European Commission Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) which is managed by the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF).

Neither the European Commission, ECMWF or the Bureau of Meteorology accepts any responsibility or any liability for any use which is made of this item.

UV Index data on this website contains modified Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service Information.

Bureau of Meteorology
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.


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

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