Current UV Index
Adelaide
UV index: 4.1

UV index for Adelaide: 4.1 - MODERATE
Last updated Saturday, 15 December 2018 at 3:47 pm

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
Alice Springs
UV index: 5.4

UV index for Alice Springs: 5.4 - MODERATE
Last updated Saturday, 15 December 2018 at 3:47 pm

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
Brisbane
UV index: 1.6

UV index for Brisbane: 1.6 - LOW
Last updated Saturday, 15 December 2018 at 4:17 pm

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
Canberra
UV index: 1.8

UV index for Canberra: 1.8 - LOW
Last updated Saturday, 15 December 2018 at 4:17 pm

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
Darwin
UV index: 4.9

UV index for Darwin: 4.9 - MODERATE
Last updated Saturday, 15 December 2018 at 3:47 pm

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
Gold Coast
UV index: 1.1

UV index for Gold Coast: 1.1 - LOW
Last updated Saturday, 15 December 2018 at 4:17 pm

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
Kingston
UV index: 0.5

UV index for Kingston: 0.5 - LOW
Last updated Saturday, 15 December 2018 at 4:17 pm

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
Melbourne
UV index: 2.6

UV index for Melbourne: 2.6 - LOW
Last updated Saturday, 15 December 2018 at 4:17 pm

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
Newcastle
UV index: 0.3

UV index for Newcastle: 0.3 - LOW
Last updated Saturday, 15 December 2018 at 4:17 pm

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
Perth
UV index: 7.7

UV index for Perth: 7.7 - HIGH
Last updated Saturday, 15 December 2018 at 2:17 pm

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
Sydney
UV index: 0.1

UV index for Sydney: 0.1 - LOW
Last updated Saturday, 15 December 2018 at 4:17 pm

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
Townsville
UV index: 0.3

UV index for Townsville: 0.3 - LOW
Last updated Saturday, 15 December 2018 at 4:17 pm

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses

Click the indexes to view the minimum recommended protection

When the UV index is low, sun protection is generally not needed unless outside for extended periods

UV observations courtesy of ARPANSA
Disclaimer

Melanoma Staging

Once a melanoma is diagnosed, the severity and spread is assessed using staging.  Staging refers to the thickness, ulceration and spread of the melanoma and is used to determine treatment.  Stages range from 0 to 4.

Stage 0:
Early or 'in-situ' melanomas. They are localised and have not penetrated below the surface of the skin.  Treatment is surgical removal.

Stage I:
These melanomas have invaded the skin but have not ulcerated and often show a slower growth rate. Treatment is surgical removal and depending on the depth, may also include biopsy or removal of nearby lymph nodes.

Stage II:
Thickness and ulceration define Stage II melanomas.  Still considered an early melanoma, there is no lymph node involvement or spread to organs. After surgical removal, drug or radiation treatment is often recommended to lessen the chance of the cancer returning.

Stage III:
A tumour is assigned a Stage III once it has metastasised or spread beyond the original tumour site.   Removal of the original tumour as well as local lymph nodes is standard. Drug treatment and radiation may be considered.

Stage IV:
Stage IV melanomas have metastasised to lymph nodes distant from the original tumour and/or other organs in the body.  The most common organs for melanoma to spread to are lungs, liver, brain and bone.   Drug therapy including immunotherapy and targeted therapies are usually offered.  Cutaneous/skin metastases often take the shape of multiple large and disfiguring tumours that are usually inoperable.  Surgery for Stage IV melanoma is usually not curative but can help with symptom management.