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Ultraviolet radiation index dangerously high Friday

TAIPEI--The ultraviolet index is expected to soar to a dangerous level in Eastern Taiwan and to an extreme level throughout the rest of the country, the Environment Protection Administration warned yesterday, advising against excessive exposure to the sun.

In the period before 2 p.m., the UV index reached 13 in eastern Taiwan and 9 in other areas, the EPA said.

A UV index of 11 or above is considered dangerous, and can cause sunburn after 15 minutes of exposure, the EPA said. A reading of 7-9 is considered a high exposure level.

The public is advised to take extra precautions against the strong UV radiation because it can cause a range of health problems, the EPA said.

Meanwhile, scorching temperatures were forecast to continue across the country, with daily highs ranging between 32 and 35 degrees Celsius, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

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