TEMPERATURES could hit the low 30s over the next few days - prompting warnings to help people stay safe in the sun.

The Met Office is predicting temperatures as high as 28C, possibly higher, in Somerset across the weekend and into next week.

And Somerset County Council has warned people to remain on their guard for coronavirus.

"Current guidance for England continues to limit social gatherings," a council spokesperson said.

"You can meet in social gatherings of up to two households (including your support bubble) indoors and outdoors, while up to six people from different households can meet outdoors only."

The Met Office said temperatures could reach 28C today (Friday).

"A hot and humid day with plenty of sunshine and light winds," said a forecaster.

"A few isolated showers are possible towards the south and east, but these won't last long."

Tonight would be hot and humid, they added.

"Hazy sunshine during the evening will give way to a dry night with clear spells," the forecaster added.

"Very mild and humid overnight.

"Saturday will be another hot and humid day with plenty of sunshine and light winds."

The outlook for Sunday to Tuesday was for warm days - but with an increased chance of thundery showers.

County council tips for staying safe in the hot weather include:

• Keep your distance from people outside your household and try and stay two metres apart at all times (or one metre plus if this not possible).

• Continue to wash your hands well and regularly for at least 20 seconds, use hand sanitiser when outside your home and avoid touching your face.

• Avoid crowded spaces and plan ahead when you can to avoid travelling on public transport at peak times.

• Wearing a face covering is now compulsory on public transport and in other enclosed public spaces, such as shops.

• If you do go out socially, have fun but be sensible; show respect for others, follow the advice, and don’t do anything that puts you or other people at risk.

• If you do have symptoms – a new, continuous cough, high temperature, a loss or change in sense of smell and taste – you must self-isolate and arrange to have a test. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/