PEOPLE attending Friday's Olympic torch relay were warned to take care in the expected hot weather.

Public Health Wales' advice is to take precautions to avoid being exposed to too much heat.

Hot weather can cause heat exhaustion or heat stroke, which is more serious, as well as the risk of sunburn.

Dr Marion Lyons, Director of the Health Protection Division of Public Health Wales, said: "We know that the weather is forecast to be very hot, and we want people to be careful that they don't ruin their weekend by becoming unwell as a result of the outside temperatures.

"By taking some simple steps to protect themselves and others, everyone can enjoy the sunshine and the torch relay while staying safe and well."

People planning to be outside while the weather is hot are advised to:

* Use sunscreen or sun block to reduce the risk of sunburn
* Cover up with loose fitting clothes
* Wear a hat to protect the head and sunglasses to protect the eyes
* Drink plenty of water
* Avoid direct sunlight between 12pm and 3pm (the hottest part of the day)
Dr Lyons added: "It is also a good idea to check on elderly relatives, friends or neighbours who may be more vulnerable to the effects of the heat.

"It's also important to take care with children who may be accompanying you to watch the relay - you should always make sure they are wearing a high factor suncream and stay in the shade as much as possible.

"The usual symptoms of heat exhaustion - which can become heat stroke if left untreated - include a headache, high temperature, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and muscle cramps.

"If you are concerned that you or someone else has these symptoms, you should contact your GP or NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47."

More information on safety in hot weather is available from the Public Health Wales website via the above link.