Provincial officials are warning people to stay cool while a heat wave simmers across Manitoba.

A heat advisory was issued Monday afternoon by the province’s chief public health officer.

Officials said Manitobans need to take precautions, as humidex levels in the 40 to 41 range are expected throughout the week for the south part of the province.

Residents should drink lots of water, limit exercise, wear hats, use umbrellas, wear loose-fitting and light coloured clothing, seek shelter in air conditioned spaces and try taking cold baths or showers. People should also avoid drinking alcohol, officials said. Sunscreen can also help prevent burns, which make it difficult for your body to cope with heat.

People with sick or older family members, neighbours or friends should check on them regularly, officials said.

The heat wave is expected to last at least until the weekend in Winnipeg.