Today's UV index in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia will be up to 11.5, indicating extreme risk of harm from the sun's UV rays for the average person. Check our tips for today to make sure you're safe in the sun.
UV index at 11.5 in Addis Ababa means extreme risk; limit outdoor time from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., use shade, protective clothing, SPF 30+ sunscreen, and sunglasses; watch for bright surfaces like water and snow increasing UV exposure.
Read more here about the climate and sun exposure in and around Addis Ababa.
In Addis Ababa, the UV index ranges from moderate to high throughout the year. In the summer months (June to September), the UV index typically reaches its highest levels, ranging from 7 to 10 (high to very high). It is important to take precautions by wearing protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses, as well as using sunscreen with a high SPF factor to prevent sunburn and potential skin damage.
Addis Ababa experiences two main weather seasons: a rainy season and a dry season. The rainy season runs from June to September, with July and August being the wettest months. During this time, rainfall is frequent and can be heavy, leading to occasional flooding in some areas. The dry season spans from October to May, with December to February being the driest months. This period is characterized by less rainfall and lower humidity levels.
Compared to its region, Addis Ababa has a generally mild and pleasant climate. With an elevation of around 2,355 meters (7,726 feet), the city experiences cooler temperatures compared to lower-lying areas. This provides relief from sweltering heat, especially in the summer months. However, due to its high altitude, Addis Ababa is closer to the sun, resulting in higher UV radiation. It is advisable to take sun protection measures, even on relatively cloudy or cooler days.
The chart above displays the Shortwave Radiation Sum (MJ/m²) for each day of the last year in Addis Ababa. It's designed to provide you with a better understanding of the yearly weather and sun exposure.