SOMERSET County Council is asking neighbours, friends and relatives to keep an eye out for anyone who may be struggling to cope in the sustained heat.

Cabinet member for health and wellbeing Cllr Christine Lawrence said: “Intense heat can be as perilous to health as the cold, with the effects of dehydration or heatstroke being severe.

“People with heart or respiratory problems are particularly at risk.

Medical help should be sought for prolonged symptoms such as dizziness, breathlessness, confusion and cramps.”

If you are concerned about someone’s health call the NHS 111 service.