Today's UV index in Colorado Springs, United States will be up to 2.5, indicating low 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.
Today, the UV index suggests low sun danger (0-2) in Colorado Springs, reaching up to 2.5. Remember sunglasses and SPF 30+ on sunny days, and be cautious around reflective surfaces like sand, water, and snow for increased UV exposure.
Read more here about the climate and sun exposure in and around Colorado Springs.
The UV index in Colorado Springs can vary throughout the year, with the highest values typically found in the summer months. During this time, the UV index can reach very high levels, around 8 to 10 (1 to 11 scale), making it important to protect your skin from the strong sun rays by using sunscreen and wearing protective clothing and sunglasses.
Colorado Springs experiences four distinct seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. Spring brings mild temperatures, with average highs ranging from 13 °C to 20 °C (55 °F to 68 °F) and occasional rainfall. Summer is warm and sunny, with average highs reaching 28 °C to 31 °C (82 °F to 88 °F) and afternoon thunderstorms. Fall is characterized by cooler temperatures, ranging from 11 °C to 19 °C (52 °F to 66 °F), and beautiful foliage. Winter is cold, with average highs between -1 °C and 7 °C (30 °F and 45 °F), and occasional snowfall.
Compared to its region, Colorado Springs enjoys a relatively high amount of sunshine, with around 300 days of sunshine per year. This is due to its location on the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains, which tends to create a rain shadow effect, resulting in drier conditions and more sun compared to locations on the western slope. However, the higher elevation of Colorado Springs, which sits at over 1,800 meters (6,000 feet) above sea level, means that the sun's rays are stronger and can lead to quicker sunburn and dehydration, so it is crucial to stay hydrated and protect yourself from the sun.
The chart above displays the Shortwave Radiation Sum (MJ/m²) for each day of the last year in Colorado Springs. It's designed to provide you with a better understanding of the yearly weather and sun exposure.