How Hot Do Cars Get in the Sun

Posted by on Thursday, June 2, 2016

Several times every Summer there are reports of children and pets being left in hot cars. So just how hot do cars get?

Let's say it's 25°C outside and sunny. If you leave the car with windows up after just 10 minutes the temperature soars to 37°C. In 20 minutes the temperatures sits at 43°C. By 30 minutes the temperature hits 46°C. After 1 hour the internal temperature of a car reaches an incredible 51°C.

The healthy human body maintains its internal temperature around 37°C. As the environment warms up, the body tends to warm-up as well.

Heat-related incidents result in hundreds of fatalities each year and even more heat-related illnesses.

Some areas have created laws that allow the public to break car windows to rescue children and pets. 

If you come across a child or pet in a hot car call 911 or your local emergency number.

The Team

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