Sunny summers didn’t seem to be favour Pune this year. For most of the summer season, the city fell under 'low risk' zone but for the last few weeks the temperature has shot up to 40 degree Celsius, and the city has now been dragged and labeled under the ‘high risk’ zone. This data has been revealed by Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology's (IITM) System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).
After monitoring ten locations, six areas in Pune fell under the red category of the UV index which indicates high risk. Prolonged exposure to 'high risk' zone can cause skin burns and other ailments.
After examining the parameters for six consecutive days (May 20 to May 26) on a UV scale index of 7-10, May 20 came out with the highest index value of 9. May 21 and May 24 reported second highest values on the index of 8, which still falls in the high-risk zone.
SAFAR coordinator Neha Parkhi said, "The UV index is effectively a rough measure of the amount of harmful ultraviolet radiation in the sunlight reaching the earth's surface at a given location. UV index is zero during the night when the sun has set. UV index peaks during summer months or after it has rained because of clear skies. Absence of cloud in the sky causes more radiation to reach the earth's surface."
Gufran Beig, project director at SAFAR, IITM said,
"The high risk zone on the index indicates that prolonged exposure could burn a person severely in a few hours; and in such a case, one precaution that could be taken is to stay out of direct sunlight, cover up and use a sunscreen."
The six locations that were exposed to highest UV index values on May 27 were: Lohegaon, Manjri, Bhumkar Chowk, Nigdi, Bhosari and Alandi. The recorded index was 7.8
Beig further said,
Areas which have less greenery or fewer water bodies tend to accumulate more solar radiation, where as those areas that have more greenery or are overcrowded tend to reflect some solar radiation back to the atmosphere. However, this summer did not have too many successive days with high UV index.
Information source: nyooz
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