Today, the UV index suggests low sun danger (0-2) in Queens, reaching up to 1.7. 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 Queens.
The UV index in Queens, United States, can reach high levels during the summer months, typically between 6 and 8 (moderate to high range). This means that it is important to protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays by wearing sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. It is advisable to seek shade during the peak hours of 10 am to 4 pm to minimize the risk of sunburn or long-term skin damage.
Queens experiences four distinct weather seasons throughout the year. Summers (June to August) are generally warm, with average highs of around 27 °C (81 °F) and occasional heatwaves. Winters (December to February) can be cold, with average lows of around -2 °C (28 °F) and occasional snowfall. Spring (March to May) and fall (September to November) are transitional seasons with mild temperatures ranging from 10-20 °C (50-68 °F).
Compared to its region, Queens has a similar climate with neighboring areas in the northeastern United States. However, being close to the coast, Queens experiences slightly milder winters and cooler summers compared to inland locations. The proximity to the Atlantic Ocean also brings in sea breezes, which can help to moderate temperatures during hot summer days. Nevertheless, due to its geographical location, Queens still receives a significant amount of sun exposure, particularly during the summer, so protection from the sun's UV rays remains important.
The chart above displays the Shortwave Radiation Sum (MJ/m²) for each day of the last year in Queens. It's designed to provide you with a better understanding of the yearly weather and sun exposure.