A Severe Weather Emergency Protocol has been issued by Bournemouth Borough Council after temperatures are set to plunge over the weekend.
Council workers will be offering refuge to all rough sleepers in the borough to prevent any risk of hypothermia.
Temperatures in the early hours of tomorrow are set to reach -1 degrees Celsius according to the Met Office website.
Poole council has also issued the emergency protocol. A spokesperson for the council, said:
““With the temperature dropping we are providing emergency accommodation to people who are rough sleeping in Poole.
Ten places are available at the Gateway Church, Alder Road where a bed and hot meal will be provided. If you are aware of anyone who is going to be street homeless please refer them to meet at The Salvation Army, 2 New Orchard, Poole at 8.30pm or contact the Bournemouth Poole Rough Sleepers Team on 01202 315962.”
Connor Gregor, an assistant at a Landsdowne Homeless Shelter, has urged anyone without shelter “to seek help from the council as soon as possible and get out of the cold.”
He added: “I also ask both the public and anyone who needs help to keep an eye out for anyone they think might have been missed.”
Separately, The South West Ambulance Service have asked motorists to “take extra care on the during the cold weather” after “reports of several RTC’s (Road Traffic Collision) across the patch already.”
Further information about the Severe Weather Emergency Provision can be found here.