PEOPLE have been warned to take care in the hot weather this summer to reduce the number of 999 call outs.

The summer delivered autumnal temperatures, torrential downpours and flash floods as experienced last week.

However, when the weather picks up again, the region’s ambulance service is urging people to take practical steps to avoid a 999 call.

These include keeping well hydrated, wearing sunscreen and staying out of the sun during the hottest part of the day.

They also want people to check on vulnerable neighbours and relatives during the hot weather.

If you plan to swim in the sea, go to a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags.

When you enter the water, take time to acclimatise to the temperature and make sure someone is watching you.

Dave Allen, area clinical lead, said: “We will always be there for the most seriously ill or injured patients. However, if your medical ailment is not an emergency, NHS 111 is available 24/7 to offer health advice.”