Parked cars heat up even with windows left open

Interior temperature can soar to 58 deg C in an hour for cars parked under the sun

Medical experts are warning against leaving anyone in a car parked outdoors, saying extreme temperatures can cause serious medical issues, including heatstroke.
Medical experts are warning against leaving anyone in a car parked outdoors, saying extreme temperatures can cause serious medical issues, including heatstroke.PHOTO: REUTERS

In just 20 minutes, a car parked outdoors can see its interior temperature rise to over 48 deg C.

That is why medical experts are warning against leaving anyone in a car parked outdoors, saying such extreme temperatures can cause serious medical issues, including heatstroke. The body generally works best within the narrow 36-37.5 deg C range.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 17, 2018, with the headline 'Parked cars heat up even with windows left open'. Subscribe