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Weather service warns of intense sunshine

The National Institute of Meteorology (Inamhi) is warning those who live in Ecuador’s central Andean valley to limit their exposure to sunshine. High ultraviolet radiation levels have been reported from Quito to Loja since late last week, with the highest readings recorded in Latacunga, Ambato and Riobamba.

In Cuenca, sunny weather continues from last week’s holiday celebration.

“Because of high mountain elevations and our position on the equator, risks from ultraviolet radiation (UV) have been very high during the recent prolonged period of sunshine,” Inamhi said in a bulletin. “As long as the intense sunshine continues, we urge everyone in the central highlands to take precautions,” it continued.

UV levels reached the “extreme” level of 14 on Tuesday and Wednesday in Latacunga, Riobamba and Ambato, and was expected to peak again at 13 or 14 on Thursday, Inamhi said.

Other UV levels reported Tuesday in the sierra region were 10 in Quito, 9 in Cuenca, and 8 in Loja, all in the “extremely high” range of UV danger.

Inamhi said it expected sunny, dry weather to continue in most of the Andes through Thursday but said cloud cover and some rain could return on Friday and Saturday.

Inamhi assistant director Vladimir Arreaga, recommends that residents of the central highlands make special efforts to remain hydrated, use sunscreen, and to wear hats and long-sleeve shirts. Most important, he said, was to shelter children from the sun. “This is a parent’s obligation and should be taken very seriously,” he said.

  • Abel Garraghan

    You can get a tan; just limit your exposure to 30 minutes or so per day. Avoid the direct sun from 11 AM to 1 PM, and you’ll be fine.

    • lorenzo

      You are so wrong. And what’s worse is that you are dangerously wrong. You do realize that many readers on this site live at high elevations in the Ecuadorian Andes?
      Light skinned people can burn in less than 30 minutes up here. Direct sun can be harmful from 9 AM to 5 PM. I can tell you that from personal experience.

      • Abel Garraghan

        You are not correct.