The southwest is in for some warm, dry, and windy weather this week – the perfect recipe for grassfires. 

Strong winds like yesterday's gusts of 80 kilometres per hour and this week's daytime highs of +16 to +22 in Swift Current, 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. This week, it’s predicted to sit 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.