The Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DHRE) is ready to activate its Extreme Weather Emergency Protocol in the event an Orange or Red weather warning is issued for Dublin this week.

DRHE met its NGO partners working with homeless people in the city this morning to discuss the plan, which it said will "ensure homeless persons at risk are sheltered".

Met Éireann has said the weather is set to turn much colder, especially from mid-week onwards, with sleet and snow a possibility.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in place for Ireland until 11.30pm on Saturday.

Depending on the severity and type of weather alert, the extreme weather protocol will open up more beds in existing emergency accommodation.

The Executive said that it will also ensure the continued operation of its essential services and effective communications.

Additional emergency beds have already been made available by DRHE in its Winter Strategy with the support of NGO accommodation and outreach providers and the HSE.

DRHE said that it plans to open more beds under this winter strategy in the coming weeks.

There were 91 people sleeping rough in Dublin by the last count in Spring.

A more recent count was done in November and those figures are due to be published shortly.

However, DRHE said it does not anticipate "major changes" to that figure, "due to the opening of additional beds under the Cold Weather strategy and the targeted work by the Dublin Simon Community and Peter McVerry's Housing First intake team with known rough sleepers".

Meanwhile, officials from the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management, Met Éireann, local authorities and other stakeholders met virtually today.

However no decision has been taken, so far, to convene the National Emergency Coordination Group.

Additional reporting Paul Cunningham