ELDERLY and vulnerable people in South Somerset are urged to take care as temperatures hit 100F.

The hot weather can cause severe discomfort or even death for those at risk including the elderly, the very young and those with chronic conditions such as heart problems.

Cllr Tim Carroll, leader of South Somerset District Council, said: "Many people including the elderly like to get out in the garden during lunch time which is the hottest time of the day but this should be avoided at all costs."

Friends, family and neighbours can help by checking on those at greatest risk - particularly older people living on their own.

If people must go out in the day, they are advised to stay in the shade, wear a hat and light loose-fitting clothes, and drink plenty of water or fruit juice. Avoid alcohol, tea and coffee as they make dehydration worse.

People should stay inside as much as possible, and curtains should be closed in rooms that get a lot of sun, and windows closed while the room is cooler than it is outside. Open them when the temperature inside rises, and at night for air. If people are worried about security they should at least open windows on the first floor.