Heat inside vehicles

I did a little research Monday morning on the increase in temperature in a parked vehicle relative to the outside temperature on a sunny day.

I thought it may be of interest to other people, as well, so I wanted to submit the following letter for the Voice of the People section of the Hastings Tribune.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is a federal agency focused on the condition of the oceans and atmosphere. On the NOAA website, a couple of paragraphs appear about the increase in temperature of a parked automobile.

The temperature in a parked car hit 123 degrees Fahrenheit within an hour after it was parked when the outside temperature was 80 degrees.

I also read a fairly dated study printed in the Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society. In 1995, the study came to the conclusion that on a cloudless sunny day when the outside temperature was 93 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature in an enclosed parked automobile rose to 138 degrees at its peak in 40 minutes after it was parked.

They also concluded that opening the windows about 1 1/2 inches was ineffective as a safety precaution.

Steven Marvel

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