The UK has for a long time been described has having a maximum UV index of 8, at one location in Cornwall, rarely. This was challenged at the MetO in recent years until they adjusted their forecast UV range from 1-7 to 1-8. A factor of 8 is now more commonly forecast eg on the BBC website in June & July.
This interesting link gives a UV reading in Reading in June 2000 (this was, admittedly, a notable dry air high UV event) of about 9.6. Reading is some distance inland away from the S coast where higher UV indices are often recorded.There are other events I am sure if anyone has the time to scroll through the site.
On that June day I was walking north in the Wallop Brook valley and had my shirt off for about 15 minutes before my wife told me to put it back on. I have a white skin that tans easily. I burned. I just thought the UV index was a worthwhile topic- some of us look out for it cranking up to 2 in March each year with some excitement!
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