Today's UV index in Mata-Utu, Wallis and Futuna will be up to 14.6, 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 14.6 in Mata-Utu 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 Mata-Utu.
In Mata-Utu, the UV index can range from moderate to high levels throughout the year. During summer (December to February), the UV index tends to be at its highest, reaching levels of 9 or above. It is important to take precautionary measures like applying sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, and seeking shade especially between 10 am and 4 pm to avoid harmful effects of sun exposure.
Mata-Utu experiences a tropical climate with two distinct seasons. The wet season (November to April) brings higher temperatures and increased rainfall. Daytime temperatures can reach around 30 °C (86 °F), coupled with high humidity. The dry season (May to October) is cooler with temperatures averaging around 25 °C (77 °F). Rainfall is significantly reduced during this period, making it a popular time for tourists.
Compared to its region, Mata-Utu enjoys relatively pleasant weather throughout the year. It has a milder climate compared to its neighboring countries like Fiji and Samoa, which experience higher temperatures and humidity. Despite this, it is crucial to protect yourself from the strong UV rays, as Mata-Utu lies within the South Pacific region where sun exposure is generally intense.
The chart above displays the Shortwave Radiation Sum (MJ/m²) for each day of the last year in Mata-Utu. It's designed to provide you with a better understanding of the yearly weather and sun exposure.