Public Health England (PHE) has issued a health warning as temperatures are set to soar over the weekend.

Highs of 31C are forecasted over the next few days in what could be the hottest day of the year so far.

The national health body has reminded people that summer heat can bring various health risks, particularly for younger, older and vulnerable people.

How hot will it be this weekend?

According to the Met Office “many areas of the UK could reach heatwave criteria in the coming days”.

Temperatures are expected to build day-on-day over the weekend, reaching mid to high 20s on Saturday and Sunday. 

Surrey Comet: Temperatures could reach 31C this weekend.Temperatures could reach 31C this weekend.

Some places in central and southern parts will reach 30C on Saturday and a few spots could reach 31C on Sunday.

This period of settled, dry and sunny conditions is due to the ‘Azores high’ says Met Office Operational Meteorologist Andy Page.

“High temperatures will remain in the forecast well into next week, but there’s a risk of isolated heavy showers in the south of the UK on Monday and Tuesday, although it should be largely fine for most areas,” he says.

It is predicted this will trump the hottest day of the year so far, which was 29.7C (85.46F) at Bushy Park in London on 14 June.

What are the health risks?

Although many of us like to bask in the hot weather, this comes with added health risks.

Dr Owen Landeg, Scientific and Technical Lead at PHE, said:

“Much of the advice on beating the heat is common sense and for many people spells of warmer weather are something they very much enjoy. However, for some people, such as older people, those with underlying health conditions and 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.

Surrey Comet: There are certain health risks associated with heat.There are certain health risks associated with heat.

“If you’re able, ask if your friends, family or neighbours need any support. Also take water with you when travelling and keep up to date with weather forecasts.

“It’s also worth remembering the practical steps to keep homes cool during the day as this can aid sleeping at night and give the body time to recover from the heat.”

Tips for staying safe include staying cool indoors, closing curtains on sun-facing rooms, and drinking plenty of fluids.