From the ABC 7 Weather team

Hidden Memorial Day weather danger: The Sun!

May 25, 2013 - 05:00 AM
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The Memorial Day holiday weekend will be a sunny but chilly one in the Washington area but don’t let that fool you. There is a hidden danger to be aware of on these kind of summer days!

The Memorial Day holiday weekend will be a sunny but chilly one in the Washington area but don’t let that fool you. There is a hidden danger to be aware of on sunny, cool summer days.

High pressure will bring plenty of sunshine to the Washington area and points south this extended holiday weekend. Even though temperatures will be well-below average in the 60s and 70s with gusty winds at times through the first half of the weekend, the sun angle is very high this time of the year. As a matter of fact, the weather will be so chilly and brisk across the region, it’ll be very easy to forget packing the sunblock but don’t!

The UV Index is forecast to increase this weekend to 7 to 8 across the Mid-Atlantic and get as high as 9 to 13 across the Southeast.

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What do these numbers mean? A UV index from 7 and above means you can burn in 20 minutes or less (especially if you are fair skinned). An SPF sunscreen of 30 is highly recommended. The sun's rays are strongest between 10 am to 4 pm.

The worst combination is a wind burn (because northwest winds will be rather brisk this weekend in the Washington area) and a sunburn, so be careful when outside this holiday weekend!

For more on the consequences of sun exposure, click here. Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!

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