Warming up: the UV Index & Longer Days
By the time we get to June, July and August, the sunniest of days can feature UV Indexes of eight to ten. Once you reach that category, dangerous sunburn and skin damage can occur in as little as 15-25 minutes!As mentioned above, the UV Index climbs during the spring and summer months courtesy of a higher sun angle and longer days. Well, those longer days are helped by springing forward. This year, we Spring Forward at 2 AM on March 11th. By pushing the clocks forward one hour, we experience a longer period of intense sunlight reaching earth's surface during the late morning and afternoon hours each day.
There's also the perk of later sunsets, of course. This Sunday, the sun will rise at 8:03 AM, but it won't set until 7:47 PM. That sunset time will continue getting later and later as we progress through March, April, May, and even the first half of June!