Veterinarian Sits in a Parked Car for 30 Minutes to Show How Hot It Gets

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You can crack the windows, but it won't help much. Dr. Ernie Ward demonstrates--and personally experiences--that on a hot day, the interior temperature of a car can reach 117° F. It's a miserable experience. But for a pet, it's even worse. Dr. Ward says:

What I really wanted to set out to do was to see how it felt to be left in a parked car if I were a dog. And I know what's going on. I'm in control of the situation. What I can't imagine is how helpless and frightening it would be for a dog to be left in a car, not knowing when you're going to come and slowly but surely having the energy and the life just burnt out of them by this heat.

-via Daily of the Day

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Probably not higher than low nineties considering what the starting temp was, which for some locations is pretty typical for summer. There are various other studies found with an internet search that give that the car interior can be anywhere from 20 to 40 F higher, in some cases with the interior temperature not really depending on the outside temperature if you wait long enough. None of them seem to mention the car though, and the color of which and the type of car (e.g. how larger are the windows, how thick other parts are, etc.) might make a difference.

I suppose caution is needed unless you really know your car and have sat in it yourself in worst situations, because there are cases where even temperatures in the 70s have produced dangerous 115+ temperatures in the car.
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