Memphis Metro Air Quality, Pollen & UV Index

Steps to take to reduce air pollution

  • Rideshare or carpool to work or take public transportation

  • Reduce trips by combining errands

  • Limit engine idling, including skipping the drive-thru at the fast food restaurant

  • Take your lunch to work or walk to a nearby restaurant

  • Postpone lawn mowing and filling of gas tanks until evening

  • Don’t burn leaves or trash

  • Conserve energy – raise the thermostat, use blinds on windows, turn off lights and appliances

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Allergy Forecast

UV Index Forecast

A UV Index reading of 8+ means there is a “very high to extreme risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure.” The maximum UV index occurs between noon and 1pm when the sun is directly overhead however it ramps us, and back down, through the morning and afternoon.

Steps to protect against high UV Index days

  • Minimize sun exposure during midday hours, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Protect yourself by liberally applying a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Reapply every 2 hours or after toweling off if in the water.

  • Wear protective clothing, a hat, and sunglasses to protect the eyes.

  • Be careful during routine outdoor activities such as gardening or playing sports.

  • Beachgoers: white sand and other bright surfaces reflect UV and will increase UV exposure.