The west-central region is in for some warm, dry, and windy weather this week – the perfect recipe for grassfires. Strong winds, and daytime highs around the 20 degree mark can work to create what's known as a Spring Dip. 

Meteorologist for Environment and Climate Change Canada, Terri Lang, is expecting the current conditions to stick around for the foreseeable future. 

“It doesn't look like there's any chance of precipitation upcoming, at least until next week,” she said. “These dry conditions are going to continue.” 

While it’s not quite summer yet, it is time for the sunscreen to come out to protect against the increasing UV index. Most local forecasts are currently reading around 5, which is considered moderate. 

exposure category uv indexPhoto from the federal government's website, on UV safety. 

When the UV index is 3 or higher, it’s recommended individuals protect their skin as much as possible.