Offenbach Currently, the sky can appear milky and cloudy in many places in Germany. This is due to larger amounts of Saharan dust that has spread across the country. This makes for more “red” at sunrises.
“ The re is a southerly current that brings Saharan dust from North Africa to our latitudes,” said DWD meteorologist Sebastian Schappert on Monday. The sunrises and sunsets can appear particularly intense. “Since the rays of light are refracted differently, the sky turns a more intense red.”
Due to the concentration of dust in the sky, the blazing sun is also insulated, explained Schappert. This means that the maximum daily temperatures would also be one or two degrees lower. According to the DWD, the concentration in the air will probably continue until Friday. The phenomenon could therefore continue for a few days.
But it’s not just the eyes that are at risk: many people use the mild temperatures to spend time in the fresh air – and some get the first sunburn of the year in the process.
No wonder: “Due to the winter, we were recently only very clothed and, due to the pandemic, we were indoors a lot anyway,” says dermatologist Prof. Eckhard Breitbart from Buxtehude. “That means that our skin has in no way prepared for UV radiation.”
That’s why people are now often too long in the sun, says the expert from the German Cancer Aid. “Skin that has been weaned from the sun gets sunburn very quickly.”
The refore, also in February: Think about sun protection. So cover your head and put on sunglasses. Exposed areas of skin should be given sufficient cream. “Many take too little,” says the doctor. The n the sun cream does not work as expected. “For the face you need about the amount of a heaping teaspoon.”
Information about the ultraviolet radiation in the region is provided by the UV hazard index of the German Weather Service (DWD) – according to an overview by the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS), protection is not yet required at levels 1 and 2.
However, one should not rely on that alone, advises Breitbart. Because it could be that the local UV index value is different from what is shown on the DWD map. It is therefore wise to protect yourself.