Today, the UV index suggests low sun danger (0-2) in Leeds, reaching up to 0.5. 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 Leeds.
In Leeds, the UV index can vary throughout the year. In the summer months, from June to August, when the sun is stronger, the UV index can reach high levels, ranging from 6 to 8 (moderate to high). It is important to protect your skin by wearing sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses during this time to avoid sunburn and long-term damage.
Leeds experiences four distinct seasons. Spring, from March to May, sees temperatures ranging from 5 °C to 13 °C (41 °F to 55 °F) with occasional showers. Summer, from June to August, brings milder temperatures of 12 °C to 22 °C (54 °F to 72 °F) and longer daylight hours. Autumn, from September to November, has cooler temperatures from 7 °C to 15 °C (45 °F to 59 °F), with increased rainfall. Winter, from December to February, sees temperatures ranging from 1 °C to 7 °C (34 °F to 45 °F) with occasional snowfall.
Compared to its region, Leeds experiences a similar climate with the rest of the United Kingdom. Although it has slightly more sunshine hours than other areas, it still has a relatively high amount of cloud cover. This means that while there is sun exposure, it is important to stay vigilant and protect yourself from harmful UV radiation by following the proper precautions throughout the year.
The chart above displays the Shortwave Radiation Sum (MJ/m²) for each day of the last year in Leeds. It's designed to provide you with a better understanding of the yearly weather and sun exposure.