Essex Police will be ramping up its presence across the county this weekend in anticipation of skyrocketing temperatures and the kick-off of the Euros.

Tonight, Italy play Turkey in the first game of the European Championship with England taking to the field against Croatia on Sunday.

And temperatures look set to be the hottest of any weekend so far this year.

In Epping Forest on today and tomorrow are predicted to see highs in the mid-20s, with Sunday lined up to peak at 27°C.

Ahead of this weekend, Essex Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Nolan has issued a call for fans to make sure everyone looks out for each.

Assistant Chief Constable Nolan said: “Like others across Essex, I’m really happy the sun is shining and as restrictions ease, I can spend time with more of my friends and family.

“We know that, as the sun comes out, more people will be out enjoying themselves and a few will sadly act in an anti-social or criminal way.

"Over this weekend, there will also be focus on football with Euro 2021 commencing.

"We know that everyone will want a drink in the nice weather – but don’t risk going over the top.

"If your behaviour is violent or anti-social, it could have consequences for you, your friends and also any pub or licenced premises you are in, including the potential for it to be closed down.

"No-one wants that – we all want to be supporting our brilliant businesses. So, please don’t ruin it for everyone else.

"Licensees, landlords and everyone working in pubs and bars – it is great you’re back open and thanks for the steps you’re taking to keep people safe.

"Please make sure you and your customers are looking after each other, and, if you need our help, call us.

"The behaviour we all show over this weekend and the coming weeks may determine what government restrictions are eased or tightened once more in the future.

"Please let’s not mess it up now. Essex has dealt with all the challenges of the pandemic really well and I’m confident that if we all look after each other and enjoy ourselves sensibly, we have a great summer ahead."