While it may be too early to break out the shorts and beach towels, the region will be treated to an unusually warm spell this week.

Daytime highs, which normally hover around -4 C, will range from 1 C to 10 C over the course of the week as a high-pressure system settles over the prairies and northwestern Ontario.

"On the heels of a much colder than normal February, we're seeing a dramatic overall shift in the weather pattern. At this point in time, it looks our mildest weather is likely setting up for the weekend where we could see daytime highs of 10 C in Kenora, Dryden, and Sioux Lookout," said Environment Canada Meteorologist Geoff Coulson.

Coulson adds the big area of high-pressure will deflect any storms either to the American south or the far north and leave us will a clear sky to go along with our unseasonably warm week.

However, it's unlikely we'll see any weather records broken this week.

"For example, for Sunday, March 7, we're forecasting highs of around 10 C, but currently in the Kenora area the record for that date in history is 14.4 C set back in 2000," noted Coulson.

For those hoping this marks the end of winter, Coulson says while we may not plunge into the deep freeze, again, we will most likely see a return to normal temperatures before spring arrives.

"There are some indications that as we get to 11 or 12 of March, we may start slipping back into more seasonal temperatures and a more active storm front," Coulson added.