More than 200 people have been pictured in a UK city queuing in the snow and freezing temperatures for a food bank.
The images from Glasgow have emerged as temperatures dropped to the coldest in a decade.
Volunteers are pleading “this has to end” after the 200 homeless people were pictured on Monday night..
Rough sleepers waited in line in sub-zero temperatures to receive food from a soup kitchen in the city’s George Square.
Graeme Weir, a volunteer with Kindness Homeless Street Team Glasgow, compared the scene to an Eastern European country “decimated by years of communist rule”.
He described his fury at the scene and said “we as a civilised and caring nation need to step up” to fix the problem of homelessness, GlasgowLive reports.
Mr Weir, who shared the picture on Facebook, wrote: “This isn’t some Eastern European country that’s been decimated by years of communist rule.
“This is Glasgow city centre last night in the 21st century where people are waiting in line to be fed by Kindness Homeless Street Team Glasgow. This makes me so angry. This has to end.”
The pictures comes as the UK experienced an “extreme freeze” overnight on Tuesday morning as temperatures dropped to as low as -22.9°C in parts of the UK. In Tredegar, south Wales, it fell to -6C.
Yellow weather warnings for areas where wintry weather could cause travel disruption have been issued for the morning, large parts of the UK and south-west Wales.
Met Office weather forecaster Sarah Keith-Lewis said on Thursday morning: “It is bitterly cold out there this morning. It is not only the coldest night of the winter so far, but the coldest night in the UK in over a decade.
“Thursday morning starts with a very hard frost no matter where you are. It was around -20°C in the Scottish Highlands.”
By 8.30am BBC weather forecaster Matt Taylor said: “It now looks like it’s the coldest morning since 1995 …over 25yrs!!
“According to the Met Office, -22.9C has been recorded at Braemar.”
Temperatures in the UK at 6am on Thursday:
The rest of Thursday could become “quite pleasant outside with the sunshine, although still bitterly cold” in western areas, according to Met Office meteorologist Clare Nasir.
Ms Nasir said this would follow “what could be the coldest night since winter 2010”, as -21°C was recorded in the Scottish Highlands.
This marked the coldest temperature recorded in the UK since January 2010, when the mercury dropped to minus 22.3C.
Ms Nasir said that on Friday and over the weekend the weather is expected to turn “quite hazardous” as “an area of cloud and rain” coupled with extremely cold air brings further risk of snow, and “perhaps even of freezing rain”.
Three days of snow and ice warnings for parts of Wales have been issued by the Met Office for the end of the week.
The warning in place for Saturday:
The Centrepoint charity for homeless youth has urged people to contact them or Streetlink on 0300 500 0914 if they see people living out in the cold.
Charities have also advised offering anyone sleeping rough a hot drink, meal, blankets or clothing.
The weather in your area by postcode:
Five day forecast for Wales:
A frosty start with fog in places. Then a dry day with some sunny spells but turning increasingly cloudy, with wintry showers across southwestern areas. Feeling cold with strong winds. Maximum temperature 3 °C.
Remaining dry and cloudy this evening with a few clear spells developing throughout the night. Strengthening winds and feeling cold. Minimum temperature -2 °C.
Staying dry but mostly cloudy on Friday, with some winter sunshine in the afternoon. Winds staying strong and feeling cold. Maximum temperature 3 °C.
Outlook for Saturday to Monday:
A risk of further spells of snow on Saturday. Gradually becoming milder on Sunday and Monday with some rain and, perhaps, icy conditions at times, especially on Sunday. Windy throughout.
-- to www.walesonline.co.uk