Homeless people in particular are feeling the effects of the extreme heat and smoke from forest fires burning in the Okanagan.

While most of us can escape to air-conditioned homes, offices and cars, many of the homeless are out in the elements, where they’re suffering dehydration, severe sunburn, difficulty breathing, headaches and sore eyes.

Kelowna’s Gospel Mission has extended daytime hours at its downtown shelter to help those in need from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The mission has air-conditioned indoor space, cold water and serves meals three times a day.

The mission is also handing out hats and sunscreen.

It also has a 90-bed shelter for men and women overnight.