Current UV Index
Adelaide
UV index: 5.6

UV index for Adelaide: 5.6 - MODERATE
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 10:22 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
Alice Springs
UV index: 4.3

UV index for Alice Springs: 4.3 - MODERATE
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 10:22 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
Brisbane
UV index: 9.4

UV index for Brisbane: 9.4 - VERY HIGH
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 10:52 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
  • Seek shade
Canberra
UV index: 6.6

UV index for Canberra: 6.6 - HIGH
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 10:52 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
Darwin
UV index: 7.8

UV index for Darwin: 7.8 - HIGH
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 10:22 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
Emerald
UV index: 9.8

UV index for Emerald: 9.8 - VERY HIGH
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 10:52 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
  • Seek shade
Gold Coast
UV index: 7.7

UV index for Gold Coast: 7.7 - HIGH
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 10:52 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
Kingston
UV index: 5.0

UV index for Kingston: 5.0 - MODERATE
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 10:52 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
Melbourne
UV index: 5.2

UV index for Melbourne: 5.2 - MODERATE
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 10:52 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
Newcastle
UV index: 7.9

UV index for Newcastle: 7.9 - HIGH
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 10:52 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
Perth
UV index: 3.2

UV index for Perth: 3.2 - MODERATE
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 8:52 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
Sydney
UV index: 6.6

UV index for Sydney: 6.6 - HIGH
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 10:52 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
Townsville
UV index: 8.9

UV index for Townsville: 8.9 - VERY HIGH
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 10:53 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
  • Seek shade

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

Risk Factors

Am I at Risk?

There are a number of criteria that place an individual at higher risk of developing melanoma. These include:

  • Fair skin, light hair color, light eye color: these provide less protection against damaging UV rays; however, having dark skin, hair and eyes does not eliminate your risk
  • Exposure to UV radiation: Whether it’s from natural or artificial sources like tanning beds, limiting your UV exposure will help decrease your risk of getting melanoma.  Tanning beds are now banned in all states of Australia because of their proven direct link to increased melanoma risk. Short periods of intense exposure, such as sunbathing is associated with higher risk
  • Family history of melanoma: One or more immediate family members with melanoma increases your chance of a diagnosis
  • Sunburn: Just one blistering sunburn at a young age doubles your risk whilst a sunburn, just once every 2 years, can triple your risk of melanoma. Sunburn doesn't have to be raw, peeling or blistering. If your skin has gone pink or red in the sun, it's sunburnt.
  • High number of moles/atypical moles: Individuals with 50+ moles have an increased risk. If you have atypical moles and have family members with melanoma you are at especially high risk and should be followed regularly by a health care professional such as a dermatologist who has special expertise in following people with atypical moles.
  • Previous melanoma diagnosis
  • Weakened immune system
  • Previous non-melanoma skin cancer: If you have been diagnosed with basal or squamous cell carcinoma in the past, you are at increased risk