The Summer Sun in the South takes no prisoners

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summer sun and sunburn

Charred to a crisp

This is the second time I’m making reference to the scorching summer sun. That’s because it’s actually brutal.

U.V. in New Zealand reaches high levels (today it is predicted by NIWA to peak at 11 on the scale). NIWA UV Prediction New ZealandThese levels are reached thanks to proximity to the Antarctic ozone hole, earth’s elliptical orbit (which takes us closer to the sun in our summer than the North), and cleaner air (pollution acts as a buffer – what a twist).

You could have tip-top melanin production down here, and still come out crispy at the end of the day. Sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, and shade are essential for survival in our summer sun. Go without at your peril.

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