Driver have been issued a warning by National Highways ahead of temperatures rising to 36C in Herefordshire next week.

National Highways, that manages the M50, A49 and A40 roads in the county, told drivers to prepare for any journeys in the coming days.

The Met Office has issued a warning for extreme heat for most of England from Sunday (July 17) to Tuesday (July 19).

National Highways is offering tips for everyone travelling on its roads during the heatwave to take extra precautions to keep safe and well.

It suggests that drivers considering travelling over the coming days should:

• Take a bottle of water before setting out to ensure you stay hydrated

• Plan and leave plenty of time for journeys

• Check the weather forecast for your destination

• Check your vehicle before you leave

• Check travel conditions before setting out and, where it is safe to do so, during journeys.

It also suggests that during particularly hot weather, to make sure your engine stays within the normal operating temperature range, and if it does overheat, find somewhere safe to stop and allow it to cool down.

Mel Clarke, Customer Service Director for Operations at National Highways, said: “It is crucial for everyone to plan their journey in advance, so they are better prepared for the hot weather.

“Simple steps such as taking bottles of drinking water with you are really important to help keep you and your passengers hydrated, as well as checking your vehicle before you travel, including tyres, oil and coolant levels.”

The Met Office is currently predicting highs of between 34C and 36C in Herefordshire next Tuesday.