The One Where I Learn About UV Index: Sunday Musings #87

Aug 9, 202034 comments

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I have been speaking quite a bit about the temperature and humidity this summer in Dubai, so here is another fun thing I have been obsessing over this week: the UV index.

As a dark skinned Indian, who had never been worried as a kid about tan or the sun protection (I know I was young and stupid) I had my first experience on sunburns this week. All thanks to walking from the gym to parking lot which hardly took 2 to 3 minutes, and despite wearing a lame sunscreen.

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While I spend my weekend grumbling, take look at the UV index for Dubai. Also send me some common sense, if you have aplenty.

UV Index in the UAE

What I read this week

I am currently reading The Little Teashop in Tokyo by Julie Caplin with a couple of my friends. And alternating it with Americanah by by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

What I watched this week

I am re-watching Modern Family on Netflix currently and I am loving every episode of it.

I just started Good Omens on Prime and it seems intriguing. Should I read the book before I watch it?

On my blog

In case you missed the posts from my blog, last week.

Amazing Benefits Of Waking Up Early: 5 Tips That Work

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Importance Of Blogging Consistently: Do You Need A Blog Schedule?

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A book review of Me And Earl And The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

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July 2020 – Updates: Sunday Musings #86

I will be linking today’s post with Caffeinated reviewer’s Sunday post Meme.

Around the blogosphere

I went on blog hopping spree last week and these are the posts that I loved and I hope you enjoy them as well.

From the Insta-world

Here is what I posted on Instagram during the week. Give me a follow, will you?

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Let us chat

How has your week been? What is the UV Index like for your place? What are you currently reading and watching? Let’s talk.

34 Comments

  1. Robin Loves Reading

    Excellent blog post. I am a light skinned black who must wear sun screen, and all of my grandkids do as well.

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    • Gayathri

      Thank you! I learnt that the hard way!

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  2. Whispering Stories

    Hope you are feeling more comfortable. Sun burn can hurt like hell. Great photos the places look amazing.

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    • Gayathri

      I learned that the hard way! Thank you!

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  3. DJ Sakata

    Sorry about the discomforts – lesson learned

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    • Gayathri

      Absolutely true!

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  4. Stormi

    I didn’t know Good Omens is on Prime! I have the book on my Kindle, so I may have to read and watch soon!

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    • Gayathri

      Same here. I am gonna read it before I watch it too.

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  5. Literary Feline

    I am sorry for your sunburn. They can be so painful at their worst. 🙁 I hope you are enjoying your current reads. I keep hearing great things about Americanah. One day I will read it.

    In the summer, my area is often falls under the very high to extreme categoryies (9-12) on the UV index. Today it is 10.8 and tomorrow it is supposed to be 11.1.

    I hope you have a great week! Take care and try to stay out of the sun!

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    • Gayathri

      Oh we are on the same side of hell then, in terms of the heat!

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  6. Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books

    Oh, ouch! Especially if sunburn isn’t something you usually deal with!
    I burn so quickly, I don’t dare go out in summer without suncream and I keep a tube in my bag too for topping up… I’m so pale usually that I practically glow in the dark.

    I recommend aloe vera gel (keep it in the fridge). It soothes any kind of burn but is awesome with sunburn… It’s also great if you’ve just been in the sun all day for soothing and moisturising the skin.

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    • Gayathri

      Yes, I am all about aloe these days. Thank you for your tips.

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  7. Rachel

    I just checked for where I am right now (Montana) and my home (Southern California) and the UV index is 8 which is considered high. 12 is insane! I need to get better about wearing sunblock.

    I love Modern Family too!

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    • Gayathri

      YES Sun block FTW!

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  8. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I have never watched Modern Family, but now I’m curious. I’ll have to check it out.

    I’m always trying to find new online shows. On Netflix, I loved Gilmore Girls and Grace and Frankie. And many others.

    Enjoy your week and your books, and thanks for visiting my blog.

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    • Gayathri

      You will love it, give it a chance!

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  9. Lover of Romance

    Sunscreen is essential for me. I wear it every day lol but then I burn easily so I do it to protect myself.

    That is high UV though…get some aloe, works great 🙂 feels like heaven on the skin.

    Have a great week.

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    • Gayathri

      Yep, thanks for the tip. Aloe to the rescue.

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  10. Heather @ RandomRedheadedRamblings

    I’m fair with red hair, I got caught badly two weeks ago, all it too was half an hour. When I was younger I though I could get away with factor 15 now I use the same factor as my kids which is really high. I hope your burn goes away quickly, aloe Vera does a great job of soothing it.

    Have a lovely week.

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    • Gayathri

      Yes, all hail aloe!

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  11. vvb

    The Zero tbr pile article was interesting. Love your insta pics.

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    • Gayathri

      Thank you!

      Reply
  12. IntrovertedJen

    Oh my goodness, my fair skin would scorch if I just looked outside in that kind of UV index.

    You should definitely read Good Omens before you watch it. I love that story in any format but it’s always a good idea to read before watching, right?

    Enjoy your week!

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    • Gayathri

      OK I stopped watching and I am gonna read the book first.

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  13. Michelle@BecauseReading

    Honestly I have been avoiding the sun a lot lately. I used to slow to get a nice tan but now I just get nervous about skin cancer or something else as I get older so I may it outside but opt for shade. This summer has been very hot too. Our UV was about 9 the last few days during the heat wave we had but 12 is wow, that is high.

    I hope you have a great week, Gayathri! Happy Reading!

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    • Gayathri

      YES staying in sounds the best decision on so many counts these days.

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  14. Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

    It’s winter here, but apparently the average is 3-4. In summer the average is generally 12-14 but mid season it often raises to 17-18, which is right off the scale. Sunscreen is definitely a must!

    Wishing you a great reading week

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    • Gayathri

      OMG! Where are you from? I must remember to cross that one off my “might someday” travel list.

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  15. jessicabookworm

    Pleased to hear you have been enjoying your reading and viewing, Gayathri! Sorry to hear about the sunburn though – 12 is ridiculously high UV, especially considering it is like 3 or 4 here in the UK!! 😅 Take care and happy reading! 😃

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    • Gayathri

      Considering that I had never even bothered with a sunscreen before I came to Dubai, this is really scary!

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  16. Greg

    Wow, that’s high UV. I’m not even sure what it is here but I’ll have to check- I’m super curious now. It’s been hot here but not that hot! Anyway, hope you have a good week ahead. And hopefully a break from the sun a bit.

    Beautiful Insta pics!

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    • Gayathri

      Thank you! Let me know what’s your index is like!

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      • Greg

        I just checked and one site said it was UV index 8 (it’s 85 here and feels like 93) but another site said 4, which seems… off. Maybe because of cloud cover? Anyway it’s hot here but not as hot as where you are I imagine. 🙂

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        • Gayathri

          Yes, cloud cover matters too. Anyway 8 is really high!

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