Weather watch: Tipperary sun worshippers are urged to cover up

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Weather watch: Tipperary sun worshippers are urged to cover up

Joining forces to promote Sun Awareness at UHL, Daffodil Centre (Irish Cancer Society) staff and volunteers and UL Hospitals staff, Sheyla Ryan, volunteer, Daffodil Centre; Carmel Sheehy, cancer nurse

Tipperary sun worshippers are being warned that a return to more typical summer weather patterns did not mean any reduction in risk from UV radiation.

Sheila Ryan, advanced nurse practitioner, dermatology, UL Hospitals Group, said precautions needed to be taken at this time of year whether the conditions were clear or cloudy.

“We have been fortunate to have a protracted spell of fine weather. It is great that people can get out and enjoy the sun but we also have to be sensible about it,” said Ms Ryan.

“The forecast points to more typical Irish summer weather in the coming days but we still need to protect ourselves from the sun, in particular people working outdoors on farms, building sites and so on,” she said.

From March to September, the rays that can cause skin cancer are more intense irrespective of whether it is a fine day or a rainy day and people need to think about covering up and wearing sunglasses. There are around 10,000 new skin cancer in Ireland every year.