HAMPSHIRE has been put on heatwave alert as temperatures are set to sore into the high 20s.

The Met Office has today issued a Level 2 Hot Weather Alert for the South East Region, including Hampshire for today and tomorrow as the county is set to scorch.

It is likely that temperatures will climb into the high 20s over the next few days.

Executive Member for Public Health, Councillor Judith Grajewski, said: “Planning ahead for hot weather is vital, particularly for those groups of people for whom the heat poses possible health risks.

"These include babies and young children, the elderly and those with chronic or long-term conditions. It’s good to prepare wherever possible, by for example, shopping ahead for food and medicines, and looking out for others, especially if they are shielding or self-isolating.”

During sunny periods parks and public spaces may become busy but it is important that everyone continues to follow the rules on social distancing.

Hampshire County Council is advising people to stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm.

Apply sunscreen, wear loose, lightweight cotton clothing, a hat and sun-glasses.

Stay hydrated and avoid physical exertion and to keep your environment cool.

Keep your bedroom and living space cool by closing the curtains on windows that receive the sun and opening your windows at cooler times of the day and overnight when you can.

Turn off non-essential lights and electrical items as these generate heat.

Electric fans may provide some relief if temperatures are below 35 degrees C. Seek medical advice if you have a chronic long-term condition or are taking multiple medications.