Britain could reach its highest levels of UV radiation Today!
Ultra-violet rays, which can also cause sunburn are expected to reach level 9 across parts of the south west including Devon and Cornwall on what is set to be the hottest day of the year in the UK so far.
London is forecast to see temperatures peak between 32C (89.6F) and 33C (91.4F), while parts of Wales could see the mercury rise to 34C (93.2F) today.
The Met Office said UV levels will be ‘reaching eight across most of the country and will be reaching nine across parts of Devon and Cornwall today. That’s about as high as it gets in the UK.
Dr Michaela Hegglin, a professor in atmospheric chemistry at the University of Reading, said some of the “highest UV levels ever recorded” in Britain could be seen on Thursday.
She said: “We are at the summer solstice, when the sun is almost directly overhead at one o’clock.
“UV levels this high are rare in the UK, so people with light skin should be very careful to avoid getting burnt.