Every year dozens of U.S. children & untold numbers of pets left in vehicles die from extreme heat, or "hyperthermia". This occurs even on mild days; a localized greenhouse effect inside cars able to warm temperatures from 70s to 90s in a couple of minutes.
NOAA ran a test; with an outside temperature of 80F temperatures inside a vehicle reached a deadly 123F in 60 minutes. Cracking a window doesn't help. The effects on kids can be more severe because their bodies warm at a faster rate than adults. Bottom line: never leave a child (or pet) unattended in a vehicle.
Blast-furnace heat relaxes its grip on Minnesota today as winds shift to the northwest. An early T-shower is possible, but skies brighten by afternoon as dew points drop into the 60s today - reaching comfortable 50s by Saturday, the nicer day of the weekend.
An ill-timed warm front sparks more showers & T-storms Sunday; have a Plan B for part of the day. Next week looks cooler and stormier, in fact severe weather season may spill over into August as our delayed summer limps on.
In the weather blog (below): the CIA is interested in geo-engineering the climate. And a lawn mower that goes 130 mph. Now that's progress.
Cooling Off. Not a moment too soon. Expect highs in the upper 70s Saturday, possibly mid to upper 70s Sunday with the best chance of showers and a few embedded T-showers in the morning. Expect cooler weather next week, the best chance of showers/storms Wednesday, again Friday, based on ECMWF guidance above. No more blast-furnace heat is in sight looking out 10 days or so.
Canadian Relief. We spend much of the winter bashing Canada (the source of all those horrific arctic fronts). Over the next 48 hours we should be thanking our friends to the north, not that they had anything to do with this latest push of cooler, drier air. Showers and T-storms push across the Great Lakes, and the Northeast finally cools off late Saturday and Sunday. 84 hour NAM loop above courtesy of NOAA.
- Never leave an infant or child unattended in a vehicle even if the windows are partially open or the air conditioning is on.
- Do not let your children play in an unattended vehicle. Teach them that a vehicle is not a play area.
- Make a habit of looking in the vehicle – front and back – before locking the door and walking away.
- Always lock vehicle doors and trunks and keep keys out of children’s reach. If a child is missing, check the vehicle first, including the trunk.
- If you are bringing your child to daycare, and normally it’s your spouse or partner who brings them, have your spouse or partner call you to make sure you dropped the child off.
- Ask your childcare provider to call you if your child does not show up for childcare.
- Do things to remind yourself that a child is in the vehicle, such as:
- Writing yourself a note and putting the note where you will see it when you leave the vehicle;
- Placing your purse, briefcase or something else you need in the back seat so that you will have to check the back seat when you leave the vehicle; or
- Keeping an object in the car seat, such as a stuffed toy. When the child is buckled in, place the object where the driver will notice it when he or she is leaving the vehicle.
The map above shows temperatures relative to average across the globe for June 2013. Shades of red indicate temperatures up to 11° Fahrenheit warmer than the 1981–2010 average and shades of blue indicate temperatures up to 11° Fahrenheit cooler than the average.
Photo credit above: "A truck in Key West, Florida is bombarded by wind and rain during a hurricane." Photograph by Mike Theiss, National Geographic
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