Yes! Up to 80% of UV rays pass through clouds and fog, and can even pass through glass. Most sheer barriers are inneffective at preventing sun damage, and so sunscreen should be worn even on cloudy days to prevent sunburns.
Yes, it’s still possible to get sunburned when it’s overcast outside because the sun’s UV rays penetrate clouds. It’s UV rays that damage your skin, so it is always best to wear sunblock when you expect to be outside. The sun’s rays are the most potent from 10am-4pm, which increases the likelihood of getting a more severe burn if you are exposed during these hours. Being around reflective surfaces like water or anything white can also reflect sunlight and cause sun damage.
Not only can you get sunburned on a cloudy day, you can also get sunburned through clothing. A light knit shirt or pants is not enough to protect you from the sun’s rays.
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