STAYING SAFE: Keira Brunt and Paige Bennett from Goodstart Early Learning Centre on Percy St put sunscreen on before going outside.
STAYING SAFE: Keira Brunt and Paige Bennett from Goodstart Early Learning Centre on Percy St put sunscreen on before going outside. Erin Smith

Sunscreen standard now SPF 50 Plus

WITH the UV index expected to be extremely high for the rest of the week Warwick residents should embrace the news SPF 30 Plus sunscreen has been knocked from the top of the ladder after the Australian Sunscreen Standard approved SPF 50 Plus as the new standard.

Chairman of the Australian Self-Medication Industry Dr Kerryn Greive described it as great news.

"SPF 50 Plus sunscreen will reduce the damaging UV rays getting to getting to our skin by about 50%, when compared to an SPF of 30 Plus," she said.

"This analysis is based on testing the amount of sunburning light that is still getting to the skin.

"Reducing the amount of UV light that causes sunburn by about 50% means that we are reducing the risk that we will get sunburnt or get precancerous skin changes."

Dr Greive said it was the cumulative dose of UV light penetrating our skin over our life time that would contribute to people's risk of getting skin cancer.

Skin cancer is one of the few preventable cancers, although one Aussie dies from skin cancer every eight hours, and another diagnosis of skin cancer occurs almost every minute of the day.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Amber Young said there would be a few showers around this week.

"Basically it will be fine (today)," she said.

"It will be sunny (tomorrow) with a possible shower and thunderstorm in the evening.

"Thursday will be fine and mostly sunny.

"There will be a possible shower on Friday afternoon and a shower or two on Saturday."

A total 10.2mm of rain has fallen over four days this month, so this week's rain is greatly needed.

Temperatures

Today: 9-29

Tomorrow: 14-31

Thursday: 15- 32

Friday: 17-32

Saturday: 15-26



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