ISLANDERS have been urged to stay safe and keep cool this bank holiday after Public Health England issued a level two heat warning.

Temperatures on the Isle of Wight are predicted to rise as high as the mid 20s, between Sunday evening and Tuesday morning, prompting the Isle of Wight Council to issue safety advice.

Simon Bryant, the council's acting director of public health, said: “Weather like this is something many people look forward to every year and go out and enjoy.

“But it’s worth remembering that sunny spells can pose health risks for some people.

“It’s important to protect yourself from too much sun or heat, to carry water when travelling and to think of those, such as young children or older people, who may feel the heat more acutely than others.”

Islanders are recommended to shade or cover windows in direct sunlight, as well as keep an eye out for children or elderly people who may be suffering in the heat.

Public Health England also recommends avoiding excess alcohol and to be careful around the sea and other bodies of water.

Mr Bryant added: “Much of the advice on beating the heat is common sense. But before the hot weather arrives, it is a really good time to think about what you can do to protect yourself and your family and friends from heat.

“For some people, such as older people, those with underlying health conditions and those with young children, the summer heat can bring real health risks.

“That’s why we’re urging everyone to keep an eye on those you know who may be at risk this summer, if you’re able, ask if your friends, family or neighbours need any support.”

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