There will be sunny spells and scattered showers across the country for the week ahead, according to Met Eireann.

Today (Monday) there will be some sunny spells but it will be mostly cloudy with showery outbreaks of rain, heavy and thundery at times, Met Eireann says.

It also says that there could be rainfall of up to 25mm in places today (Monday) and a risk of thunder.

It will be a mild and humid day with highest temperatures 16 to 20 degrees Celsius in fresh, locally strong, southeasterly winds will veer southwesterly later, it says.

Tonight (Monday) will have clear spells with scattered heavy showers and it will be mild with temperatures not falling below 12 to 14 degrees, it says.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) will have some sunny spells with more scattered heavy showers, which will be prolonged in parts of the west and northwest, Met Eireann.

It will turn fresher with highest temperatures around 15 to 19 degrees in a blustery southwesterly wind, it says.

Looking to Wednesday, according to Met Eireann it will be a bright, fresh day with sunny spells and dry apart from isolated showers.

Wednesday will have top temperatures 15 to 20 degrees in a moderate to fresh northwesterly wind producing good drying, it says.

On Thursday, after a fresh sunny start start it will turn cloudy and drizzly as a warm front moves in from the Atlantic, it says.

It will become warm and humid with highest temperatures of 17 to 21 degrees in freshening southerly winds, it says.

On Friday it will be warm and humid with temperatures of 18 to 22 degrees in fresh southerly winds, Met Eireann says.

Many areas will be dry with some sunny spells but patchy drizzle and fog will occur and later in the day and Friday night a cold front will cross Ireland bring a spell of rain, it says.

Looking to the weekend, Met Eireann says that there will be warm sunny spells with scattered showers in a westerly airflow.