It's the hottest day of the year so far in much of the West, with temperatures reaching 32 C in Gloucester and 30 C elsewhere in the region.

The Met Office issued a Level Two heatwave warning, which means the heat may have a significant effect on people's health.

There's lots to enjoy when it's sunny and warm - but here's some expert advice on staying safe too. Weston Area Health NHS Trust suggest the following:

  • Avoid the heat: if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 5pm (the hottest part of the day).

  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn't possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).

  • Have cool baths or showers.

  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.

  • Stay tuned to the weather forecast on the radio or TV, or on the Met Office website.

  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.

  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.

  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat if you go outdoors.

  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.