There is an unsettled week ahead with scattered showers and milder weather on the way, according to Met Eireann.

It will be cloudy and cool today (Monday) with rain in places, persistent and locally heavy at first in parts of Munster and south Connacht, it said.

The rain will be more scattered elsewhere with good dry periods developing especially inland, according to Met Eireann.

There will be highest temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees Celsius and it said that winds will become mostly light and variable inland during the day, but will be fresh along some coasts.

Met Eireann has said that it will be cool, cloudy and misty tonight with some further outbreaks of rain and drizzle, persistent in some western and southern areas.

Some drier, clearer periods will develop later in some northern and eastern areas resulting in patchy fog and possibly local frost forming, it said and there will be overnight lows of 1 to 5 degrees Celsius.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) will start off mostly cloudy and misty.

It said that there will be scattered outbreaks of rain, becoming largely confined to coastal areas of the south and southwest and along parts of the east coast in the afternoon.

It will be mostly dry elsewhere with some bright or sunny breaks developing, according to Met Eireann.

It will be cool with afternoon temperatures of 6 to 8 degrees Celsius and winds light east to southeasterly, fresher near southeastern coasts, it said.

It will be cold on Tuesday night with frost and lowest temperatures of 1 to minus 3 degrees Celsius and Met Eireann has said it will be coldest in eastern and northern areas with some fog also.

Wednesday will be mostly dry and bright with sunny breaks early in the day, but Met Eireann has said that there will be cloudy conditions with scattered outbreaks of rain in western areas.

There will be highs of 5 or 6 degrees Celsius in eastern areas, 9 or 10 degrees Celsius in the southwest, it said and it will be cool overnight with some frost in northern and northeastern parts.

Looking to Thursday, Met Eireann has said it will be mostly cloudy and breezy with scattered outbreaks of rain mainly in western and southern areas, but many places will be largely dry.

It will become windy later in the day and Thursday night with heavier rain spreading eastwards, it said.

Current indications from Met Eireann suggest that it will be very mild with some rain at times but dry brighter periods also for Friday and the weekend.

It will be windy at times and frosts will be unlikely, it said.