Temperatures are set to soar in the south east as a heatwave warning was announced across the region.

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) has urged people to take the appropriate safety measures to stay safe in the sun.

The trust has highlighted that sunburn, dehydration and heat stroke can be prevented with simple safety measures.

UV levels are set to be higher across the country so people have been warned that they are more likely to sunburn at this time.

A mini-heatwave is expected over the weekend (June 17-18) with temperatures likely to peak at 27C.

SECAmb head of resilience and specialist operations, Andy Cashman, said: “Of course, we want people to be out enjoying the fine weather but we’re also urging them use their common sense, cover up and use sun cream and drink plenty of water.

“Everyone needs to follow this advice but there are some groups in particular whose health can be badly affected by the hotter weather.

"These include people with long-term health conditions, the very young and older people.

"If people know of anyone who could be particularly vulnerable, then we’d ask them to check they’re okay."

In light of the latest warning SECAmb has handed out the following advice.

Advice for staying safe in high temperatures

Stay in the shade or indoors

The sun is at its most dangerous between 11am and 3pm. Find shade under umbrellas, trees or canopies. It is worth remembering that the temperature is at least a couple of degrees cooler if you are by water.

Use sunscreen and cover up

If you can't avoid being out in the sun apply sunscreen (factor 15+) and wear a t-shirt, hat and sunglasses.

Increase your fluid intake

The normal recommended daily intake of fluid is 2.5 litres or eight glasses per day. In extreme heat experts recommend you drink more and include a range of different fluids.

Keep your home cool

Keep windows closed while the room is cooler than it is outside. Open them when the temperature inside rises, and at night for ventilation.

Look after the elderly

Older people are more prone to the effects of heat. If you have older relatives or neighbours you can help simply by checking on them and reminding them to drink plenty and often. Also help them to keep their house as cool as possible, using a fan if necessary.

Protect children

Keep a close eye on young children, who need plenty of fluids. A good way to check if they are drinking enough is that they are passing urine regularly and that it is not too dark. You should check nappies regularly. Babies and the very young must be kept out of the sun.

Avoid excessive physical exertion

If you are taking physical exercise you need to drink half a litre of fluid at least half an hour beforehand and continue to replenish your fluids after exercising.

Know the perils of outdoor eating

Warm summer weather is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria so it is especially important to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold until you are ready to eat them. When barbecuing always make sure you cook meat until it is piping hot, none of it is pink and all juices run clear.

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Be sensible with alcohol

Hot weather speeds up the effects of alcohol so extra care should be taken when drinking. Alcohol will lead to dehydration so make sure that you alternate alcoholic drinks with water or fruit juice.

Keep cool at work

The office is often the coolest place to be in a heat wave. Ask your boss for air-conditioning or fans and open windows where possible. Keep windows shaded with blinds and if possible move your working position out of direct sunlight. Have plenty of breaks during the day to get cold drinks and cool down.

Who to contact

If you suspect anyone is suffering from a heat stroke, contact 999 in the event of a serious emergency.

If you need medical advice or treatment you can also talk to a pharmacist, call NHS 111, visit your GP surgery or Minor Injury Unit.

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