Why do you get sunburned worse on cloudy days?



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    Scientists have conducted studies that have shown a phenomenon that occurs under partly cloudy conditions called the “broken cloud effect”. This occurence results in higher UV levels than a clear sky would produce and puts people at a greater risk for getting sunburn. The broken cloud effect happens because UV rays are bouncing off the sides of dense clouds and the rays are getting redirected as they pass through wispier clouds (The Straight Dope, 2007).

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