FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Have you ever wondered why it's so hot inside your car after you've parked it outside?
We're going to answer that question in this week's Weather Wonders.
When it's 70 degrees outside, temperatures warm up quickly inside a car.
Why? The sun's rays get trapped inside, creating a greenhouse effect that warms the interior up very quickly.
— New Kent Sheriff (@NewKentSheriffs) July 30, 2021
After 30 minutes, the inside of the car will be 104 degrees.
In an hour, if you get into the parked car, it will have a reading of 112 degrees.
Hot car deaths can happen to anyone. The temperature inside a car can reach over 115 degrees when the outside temperature is just 70 degrees. So far in 2021, ten deaths have been reported. Use these tips to keep your kids safe. pic.twitter.com/jQRbv2YbwA
— ATSPA (@ATSPA) July 30, 2021
So, how much hotter will it get inside the car if you raise it 10 degrees?
If the outside temperature is 80 degrees, the inside of the car will be 114 degrees after 30 minutes.
It will have a temperature reading of 123 degrees after an hour.
When it's 90 degrees or warmer outside, the temperature inside the car can get hot very fast.
Within 10 minutes, the temperature inside the car will be around 109 degrees.
It heats up to 119 degrees after 20 minutes.
And after an hour, it will top 130 degrees.
A car can overheat even if the windows are cracked.
This is why you should never leave children, pets or the elderly inside a car, even if it is for a few minutes.
In 2018 and 2109, Americans set a record as 53 children died inside hot cars across the country.
So far in 2021, 10 children have died inside a hot car.
On Monday, we told you that the total number of child hot car deaths for the year had risen to 8. On Tuesday, it became 9.
Today, we've unfortunately hit 10 after a 9-year-old boy with developmental disabilities was found unresponsive in Utah. The investigation is ongoing. pic.twitter.com/rcTmeLLf87
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) July 22, 2021
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the majority of hot car deaths happen because someone forgets a child in the car.
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