A homelessness charity has called on the public to "take action" and help rough sleepers as temperatures across the Fine City continue to soar.

Norwich has been basking in early summer temperatures above 25C and locals have been warned of heat exhaustion, dehydration and sunburn. 

Norwich Evening News: Dr Jan SheldonDr Jan Sheldon (Image: St Martins)

But bosses of the city's homelessness charity St Martins want to make the public aware of the need to help protect those most at risk.

"The biggest risk to people sleeping rough in the current heatwave is dehydration," said chief executive Dr Jan Sheldon.

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"If you are worried about a person, it is always best to take action.

"People can make themselves aware of the local services on offer, so they can help signpost people to places they can get help if they need it.

"There are also water refills available for free at the Forum and many other locations in the city."

Government figures found that roughly 3,069 people were sleeping rough across England in 2022 - up 26pc on 2021 and a whopping 74pc compared to 2010.

But Norwich seemingly managed to buck that trend in 2022, with only seven people reported to be sleeping rough during October and November - a 30pc decrease from 2021.

However, these people remain at risk of heat exhaustion and other health problems as hot temperatures continue to strike.

Norwich Evening News: Rough sleepers are facing temperatures upwards of 25CRough sleepers are facing temperatures upwards of 25C (Image: PA)

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"Our outreach workers carry water and encourage the people we support to keep hydrated and stay out of the sun," said Dr Sheldon. 

"Clothing and suncream is available to the people we support at our Donation Station at Anglia Square and we encourage people to wear hats and cover up in the sun.

"We have air conditioning in several of our services, including our learning and development centre and our hostel Bishopbridge House.

"If you are concerned about someone, we advise alerting Streetlink via their website streetlink.org.uk or mobile app, which is available to download. Or call 0300 500 0914."