Harrow residents have been warned to take extra precautions as freezing temperatures and a thin layer of snow have descended upon the town. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice, prompting Harrow Council to activate its Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) to support rough sleepers.
The council has urged all residents to be cautious when venturing outdoors, especially those who must travel to work or school. In addition to the SWEP activation, the council has also implemented a gritting program to ensure that the roads remain safe for drivers and pedestrians.
The council took to Twitter to issue a warning to all residents, stating: “With freezing temperatures this week, a yellow weather warning is in place for snow and ice. Please take extra care when out.”
The activation of the SWEP is a critical measure taken by Harrow Council to help protect homeless people during extreme weather conditions. The protocol involves providing temporary shelter and support services to rough sleepers who might be vulnerable to the harsh weather.
Harrow Council is working closely with local charities and community groups to ensure that rough sleepers are kept safe and warm during this time.
The cold weather in Harrow is expected to persist for a few days with warmer temperatures coming next week.