JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A sunburn can put some sting into an otherwise beautiful holiday outing. The sun is especially strong right now.
The Memorial Day UV Index at Jacksonville Beach registers a "10", just under the "extreme" category but right at the upper limit of the "very high" category.
A UV index of "10" means protection against sun damage is needed. Steps should be taken to limit sun exposure during peak hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Sunblock, sunscreen, a shirt or hat, and seeking shade are ways to reduce the risk.
Beachgoers face a greater risk of sun damage. The bright, sandy surface of the beach can reflect the sun even more...potentially doubling the amount of radiation absorbed by the skin.
Folks that go in the ocean may also want to reapply sunblock or sunscreen after getting out of the water.