Winter weather

Update 19 January 2017

The Met Office has issued a cold weather alert as temperatures are forecast to reduce over the next few days. A cold weather alert is separate from a severe weather warning. A cold weather alert means that the main risk is low temperatures, as opposed to higher than usual amounts of ice or snow.

We will continue to ensure that our gritting routes are well treated with salt.

Are you cold at home?

Get details of the cold weather alert on the Met Office website

Severe weather shelter for rough sleepers opens this evening

Our severe weather shelter for rough sleepers will be opening today in response to the Met Office cold weather alert. The shelter is open to all rough sleepers.

If you are concerned about a rough sleeper at any time, please use Streetlink to get in touch with our outreach team you can report online or call 0300 500 0914.

The severe weather shelters are run by Brighton Housing Trust (BHT).  BHT work with our street outreach service run by St Mungos Broadway. St Mungo’s will be working with other local organisations to inform rough sleepers about the shelters and to assist BHT in co-ordinating shelter places. 

There's more information on our web page How to help people living rough on the street

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​​Find out about our winter weather preparations

How you can help in cold weather

Check on elderly and vulnerable neighbours

  • Please check on your elderly and vulnerable neighbours to see if they need help with getting food, medicine or care during cold weather.
  • If you know people who are having problems getting services they need, contact our adult social care helpline: 01273 295555
  • Protecting the elderly this winter on the Met Office.

Rough sleepers

  • We work with homelessness agencies to open an emergency shelter in extremely cold weather
  • Central government provides funding for these shelters during severe weather
  • Request help for a rough sleeper.

Four wheel drive vehicle volunteers

  • Volunteer 4x4 vehicle owners help us deliver meals, medicine, and helping carers or nurses get to people's homes
  • To volunteer, email