Sunburns, which can happen almost any time of the year, will increase in ease and frequency over the next few weeks as temperatures warm and the sun continues its journey higher in our sky through June 21st. The result will be an increase in the UV index for us for the next seven weeks. The UV index measures the level of ultraviolet radiation that is reaching the surface...the rays that can torch your skin and can result in skin damage and perhaps skin cancer. UV radiation is more intense to our south, closer to the path of most direct sunlight, and is also higher over the deserts of the US Southwest as a drier atmosphere results in less water vapor to absorb solar radiation, thus allowing for a greater risk of burns.
|UV Index forecast for the US for today. Source: EPA|
If you can't stand longer days, wait a few months and it will gradually change...again.