Anyone hoping to pack away their winter hats and gloves should hold off for a few more days as forecasters warn of rain, high winds and the potential for more snow.

A weather front from the South West moving towards the North East is set to bring heavy rain on Wednesday and Thursday with strong winds, while the latter part of the week will see a return to colder temperatures.

Temperatures in Brighton and Hove will dip to 4 degrees centigrade in the day by Saturday and 2 degrees centigrade by Sunday.

There will also be a 50 percent chance of light snow, according to the Met Office.

A Met Office spokeswoman, Nicky Maxey, said there was a higher risk of snow on Sunday as the cold air moved across the southern half of the country but that it would not compare to the conditions caused by the so-called Beast from the East at the beginning of the month.

She said: "This system doesn't compare in any way to what we had before.

"It is going to be a cold spell, there is a chance some places on Sunday may struggle to get above freezing... so it is going to be cold, but we are not talking anywhere near what we had the weekend before last."

She added the first few days of next week were also likely to be cold, she added.

It comes after snow closed many schools in Sussex at end of February and caused travel disruption.