With high temperatures forecast across large parts of England over the coming days and weekend, health professionals are issuing advice for the public to stay safe in the heat.

The MET Office has forecast a chance that temperatures in central and southeastern areas of England could hit 30 degrees over the weekend of 17 and 18 June and out of hours healthcare provider Integrated Care 24 is urging people to take precautions to stay safe in the sun.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Andrew Catto said: ‘During periods of high temperatures the risk of harm such as sunburn and dehydration will increase. We would encourage members of the public to drink cold drinks such as water and fruit juice regularly, avoid alcohol and to take food water and medication with them if they are travelling. Also, wear loose, cool clothing, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and UVA protection if you are going outdoors.

'Our out of hours teams such as our NHS 111 call handlers and clinicians will be on hand to provide advice and support where residents need it, but taking simple steps such as the above can help reduce the risk of harm and keep you feeling healthy and able to enjoy the weather.’

More advice can be found on the NHS website.