During the peak hours of summer sunshine, harmful ultraviolet rays (UV rays) can impose a major threat with sunburns and skin cancer.
 
Experts are reminding people the temperature does not directly affect the sun's UV rays.

"We don't have to have any concern about the temperature needing you to put anymore sunscreen on just because it's warm," said Environment Canada meteorologist Dan Kulak.

When looking for sun protection you should be using a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15. The sunscreen should also say 'broad-spectrum' on the label, to screen out most of the UVA and UVB rays.

"Dense cloud cover will reduce the amount of UV you get outdoors, but certainly thin cloud can make it worse because you get sunlight reflecting off those thin clouds and you get even more UV then it would be on a clear day," added Kulak.

Environment Canada also included extra tips including applying sunscreen before insect repellent and not putting sunscreen on babies less than six months old.

 

 

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