Daily UV Index

Portable Sunscreen Dispensers

Sunscreen Dispenser
These sunscreen dispensers will be popping up throughout city and district events until September 30.

We are happy to announce that our Portable Sunscreen Dispensers have arrived from sunny California! The dispensers are motion-sensored and squirt out a small amount of SPF 30 sunscreen to protect yourself from the harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Remember: incidental exposure matters. Efforts should be made to make it a habit to put on sunscreen every time we go outdoors as the UV index is considered "high" to "very high" in the summer time and over time, these exposures adds up. 


UV Index

Below is the current temperature and UV index for Thunder Bay:


UV Index

UV Index
UV Index Description
Low (1-2)
  • Sunglasses (bright days)
  • Cover-up (> 1 hour)
    • Sunscreen SPF 30+ (> 1 hour)
Medium (3-5)
  • Sunglasses
  • Cover-up & hat
  • Sunscreen SPF 30+
    • Seek shade (midday)
High (6-7)
  • Sunglasses
  • Cover-up & hat
  • Sunscreen SPF 30+
  • Seek shade
    • Limit sun from 11am - 5pm
Very high (8-10)
  • Sunglasses
  • Cover-up & hat
  • Sunscreen SPF 30+
  • Seek shade
  • Avoid sun from 11am - 5pm
Extreme (11+)
  • Rare in Canada
  • Same tips as Very high zone

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Canada. Burns and skin damage can happen fast and stay with you for life. The higher the ultraviolet (UV) index number, the stronger the sun’s rays. Sun reflects off sand, snow and pavement and can double UV strength. Outdoor workers are more exposed to sun than indoor workers. Workers operating a vehicle or heavy equipment are also exposed to harmful UV Rays which can come through glass and should take the same precautions as outdoor workers.


Vitamin D and Sun Exposure

In 2016, the National Steering Committee for Consensus on Content for Sun Safety Messages (28 participant organizations) released the following information related to Vitamin D and Sun Exposure:
“Intentional Ultraviolet radiation exposure to meet vitamin D requirements is not recommended.”
“Use sources of vitamin D from dietary sources including fortified foods and vitamin D supplements”


General Tips

Below are some general tips to protect you:

  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
  • Seek shade under a tree or create your own
  • Take the shadow test:
    • Small shadow = more UV = more protection needed
    • Large shadow = less UV = less protection needed

Refer to the UV Index above for more tips.



Check out our UV Index campaign resources:

UV Index Wallet Brochure
Wallet-size Brochure (2"x3.5") (Printed copies of this resources can be requested through our Contact page)
UV Index Poster
UV Index Poster (17"x11") (Printed copies of this resources can be requested through our Contact page)
Fish measuring tape with UV Index
Fish Measuring Tape (36"x3") (Printed copies of this resources can be requested through our Contact page)


For Further Information

Call the Family Health program: (807) 625-5900

or Toll-free 1-888-294-6630

Last Updated: 17/06/2020