It feels like summer has finally arrived in the Channel Islands, and I’ve been monitoring the UV index in particular. It's not unusual for the islands to experience sunny and hot conditions, especially at this time of year.
Tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday, however, we are likely to find the sun is the strongest so far this year in the Channel Islands, and the UV forecast is 7. Islanders are being reminded to take care if they are out in the sun for any length of time over the next few days!
The UV index (Ultra Violet Index) provides a forecast of the expected risk of overexposure to UV radiation from the sun and also suggested protection people should take in the sun to avoid harmful rays. The risk of overexposure is measured on a scale from 0 (low) to 11 or more (extremely high). In the Channel Islands the scale would typically run between 1 and 7 during any year, as the index's 8-11 are more for counties closer to the equator.
Although the sun symbol is shining across our website at the moment, it's not going to be wall to wall sunshine during the weekend. The temperature is expected to rise into the weekend. There is, however, an area of low pressure moving up from Iberia that might clip the islands and bring a thundery breakdown, but it’s still early days and some forecasting models are indicating it might stay to the west of us.
The end of June is typically the warmest periods for the Channel Islands and has the highest UV index, sometimes up to 8.
I’ll be guiding you through the next 5 days on our weather bulletins on ITV throughout the day, and on twitter: @SophiaWeather