STOURBRIDGE is expected to be hotter than sunny California tomorrow (Friday July 31).

Temperatures are expected to get up to a scorching 31°C according to the Met Office.

Clear blue skies are forecast up until midday with plenty of sunshine and patchy cloud later – and it is expected to stay dry in most areas.

Make the most of it as temperatures are predicted to fall back to around 20-22°C on Saturday, highs of around 20°C on Sunday, with the possibility of a shower, and onto a much cooler day on Monday with highs of just 17°C and rain showers forecast.

Anyone enjoying the sunny weather is, however, urged not to try to cool off in lakes, canals, quarries, reservoirs or rivers.

West Midlands Fire Service has issued a warning to people to be aware the temperature beneath the surface of the water can be so cold, even on hot days, and will stop muscles from working properly. Hypothermia can set in quickly and reduce a person's ability to swim.

There could also be currents, unknown depths, hazardous objects or pollution under the surface of the water.

NHS England has also issued top tips to help people stay safe during the hot weather:

Try to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm

Avoid exercising during the hottest parts of the day

Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol

Take water out if travelling

Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals

Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen regularly and wear a wide brimmed hat, if going out in the heat

If going outdoors, use cool and public spaces safely and considerately, keep a distance in line with social distancing guidelines

Look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated – older people, those with underlying health conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk

Stay cool indoors, close curtains in rooms facing the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler

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