May 15, 2015 UV Rating for Springfield, MO: 9 (very high)
Protection against sun damage is needed. If you need to be outside during midday hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., take steps to reduce sun exposure.
A shirt, hat and sunscreen are a must, and be sure you seek shade.
Beach and lake-goers should know that white sand and other bright surfaces reflect UV and can double UV exposure.
Ultraviolet Index Key
Low 2 or less
Moderate 3 - 5
High 6 - 7
Very High 8 - 10
Extreme 11 and higher
UV information provided by Environmental Protection Agency)