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Harmful UV radiation to hit Vietnam in coming days

Harmful UV radiation to hit Vietnam in coming days

Monday, October 05, 2020, 15:31 GMT+7
Harmful UV radiation to hit Vietnam in coming days
Residents wear face masks, coats, and gloves while riding motorbikes. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Almost all regions of Vietnam will experience a high UV radiation index even in overcast weather in the next five days, posing serious risks to human health, the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting warned.

Data indicate that the UV index in northern Vietnam will stand at a ‘high’ level while those in central and southern localities will reach ‘very high’ or ‘extreme’ levels in the next two days.

Health experts have warned people against prolonged exposure to sunshine due to possible harmful effects such as skin cancer and immune suppression.

People going outside even on cloudy days are advised to wear sunscreens, sunglasses with lenses absorbing 99-100 percent of UV rays, and protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts, broad-brimmed hats, and collared jackets.

Another protective measure against hot weather is to consume fresh fruits rich in vitamin C, which helps limit adverse impacts induced by UV radiation exposure.

A tropical depression has recently formed in the East Vietnam Sea, which is forecast to move west at a speed of around 5-10 kph in the next 24 hours, according to the weather forecast center.

Under the combined effects of the tropical depression and a strengthening monsoon, downpours accompanied by strong winds are to hit coastal localities from south-central Binh Dinh Province to southern Ca Mau Province.

The East Vietnam Sea could see wind speed reaching 30-50km per hour and gusts at up to 75km per hour, along with strong waves and rough seas.

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