PEOPLE are being encouraged to stay safe in the sun with more hot weather forecast for the rest of the week.

NHS 24 is offering advice as part of its Hello Summer health campaign.

Dr Laura Ryan, a GP and NHS 24 medical director, said: "We've had a few really hot and sunny days in Scotland this summer, which is brilliant for everyone to spend a lot of time outdoors.

"Unfortunately, the hot weather isn't good news for everyone, and it's really important we follow some simple rules to ensure we avoid becoming unwell.

"When it comes to being safe in the sun, prevention is definitely better than cure.

"It is best to avoid being in the sun between 12noon and 3pm if possible.

"If you need to be outdoors, we advise that everyone, uses a high factor sun protection cream.

"The best quality lotions block both UVA and UVB rays. Also wear loose-fitting, light-weight clothing that covers your body."

For those who unfortunately become sunburnt, there are some simple steps to lessen the discomfort, explained Dr Ryan.

She said: "Cool showers or applying cool towels to your body can provide some relief, using moisturiser which contains aloe vera after your shower, or taking painkillers can help with any painful or tight skin."

The medical director also warned of heat stroke, which can manifest as headaches, feeling confused or dizzy, rapid pulse or fast breathing, body cramps in the arms, legs and stomach, sick or vomiting, feeling dehydrated or thirsty, pale, sweaty or clammy skin, a high temperature of 38C or above.