So even though our temperatures this week won't be quite as warm as the 80's, 70 degree weather is hot enough to warm the inside of your car close to 100 degrees in just 20-30 minutes. That type of heat is very dangerous to children and pets.
Below are a few examples of heat deaths during the winter, spring and fall months (data from the National Weather Service):
Hyperthermia deaths aren't confined to summer months. They also happen during the spring and fall. Below are just a few of MANY tragedies.
- Honolulu, HI, March: A 3-year-old girl died when the father left her in a child seat for 1.5 hours while he visited friends in a Waikiki apartment building. The outside temperature was only 81 degrees.
- North Augusta, SC, April: A mother left her a 15-month-old son in a car. He was in a car for 9 hours while his mom went to work. She is now serving a 20-year prison sentence.
- Greenville, TX, December: A 6-month-old boy died after being left in a car for more than 2 hours by his mother. She was charged with murder. The temperature rose to an unseasonably warm 81 degrees on that day.
So even though it may 'feel' comfortable outside doesn't mean it's going to be comfortable inside your car on a sunny day!