The graciously warm May weather has also brought with it an increased risk of sunburns.

However, as Dan Kulak from Environment Canada explains, hot weather doesn’t always equal a high UV Index.uv rays may2018 dc

“The UV Index and temperature are not actually related. It’s not like a hot summer day has a higher UV index than a cooler summer day at the same time of the year. It’s really all related to ozone and the angle of the sun over the horizon and basically just that type of UV exposure and the cloud cover.”

Kulak says that partly cloudy days can sometimes bring the highest UV risk as the rays are reflecting off the clouds and producing more UV.

Today’s forecast is calling for a UV Index of 7, which is in the high category, but Kulak says it’s not that unusual as we head towards summer.

“As we get into June, which is the highest sun angles of the year. Southern Alberta, we can often see UV Indexes in the 8 range; we are pushing into the 7 range today for Airdrie. The 7 to 8 range is probably what you can generally expect on clear days for the next couple of months for Southern Alberta in the middle part of the day.”

Kulak says that on days like this, it’s always good to use sunscreen, wear hats and protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.

Questions, comments or story ideas? Email us at [email protected]

More Local News

Cochrane Man Killed in OHV Collision in Remote Area Near Sundre

A 30-year-old resident of Cochrane died yesterday (May 19) in a single off-highway vehicle (OHV) collision in a remote area west of Sundre.

More Teacher Hires Needed to Solve Class Size Issue

The Alberta Teacher's Association says the number of kids in provincial classrooms is far too large and is demanding the province do something to make them more manageable.

New President Promises a Higher Profile for Airdrie Chamber

The new President of the Airdrie Chamber of Commerce is excited about what the board and executive can affect in improving the relevancy the Chamber has and the value that it can offer to its…

RCMP Investigate Stabbing in Airdrie

A 19-year-old man is recovering in hospital from stab wounds he received in an incident early Wednesday morning (May 17) in Airdrie.

Bad Winter for Bees

The winter of 2017-2018 at times wasn't fit for man nor beast. Nor, apparently, was it fit for insects.

RCMP Safety Reminders as Summer Officially Kicks Off

The snow is gone, the temperature is warming up and you have three days off!
blake richards meals on wheels may2018

Airdrie MP Recognizes Meals On Wheels

A local non-profit group was recognized by MP Blake Richards yesterday (May 17th) for their 35 years of service to the community.

RVS Releases 2018/2019 Budget

The Rocky View School Division has released their 2018/2019 school year budget.

AHS Urges ATV Users To Drive Sober And Safely

Alberta Health Services is asking anyone planning on using ATVs or off-road vehicles this weekend to remain sober.

Highway 564 Blocked Due to Single Vehicle Rollover

Airdrie RCMP was called to a single vehicle collision on Highway 564.

DiscoverWestman.com is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login