WITH temperatures set to soar later this week, Dudley's health bosses have urged people to follow some simple tips to stay safe in the sun.

Forecasters are predicting plenty of sunshine and temperatures up to 30°C on Friday so people are urged to ensure they drink plenty of water, use high-factor sun cream and make sure food is cooked correctly as the barbecues come back out again.

People are also urged to avoid swimming in rivers and reservoirs to cool off, and to stick to supervised pools at borough leisure centres instead.

Councillor Ian Bevan, Dudley Council's cabinet member for public health, said: "There are lots of great things to do in our parks, nature reserves and green spaces but we want people to stay safe too.

"We’re asking people to take shade in the midday sun as much as possible, wear suntan lotion and cover up with t-shirts and hats when outside to avoid burning.

"I would also like to remind people of the hidden dangers of swimming in outdoor spaces and would urge people who fancy a dip to head to our leisure centres where the water is safe and trained lifeguards are on duty."

For more advice on staying safe this summer, visit lets-get.com/protect-your-health/seasonal-wellbeing/