Heat experiments reveal dangerous effects of high temperatures

Posted at 6:31 PM, Aug 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-30 21:31:56-04
With an excruciating week of Excessive Heat Warnings and Heat Advisories, the heat doesn’t look like it will let up any time soon. 23ABC’s Adam Bowles shows us the dangerous affects of what the heat can do to you, by performing a few experiments.
The heat is no joke.  As soon as you step outdoors, your going to sweat.
"Its unbearable," Amber says. "I don’t like it. I don’t like being out in it unless i really have to be out in it."
With a week of Excessive Heat Warnings and Advisories and temperatures breaking records, that’s now the norm, which gave me an idea.
Adam Bowles had two very good looking cookie dough balls, one stick of butter, two hot dogs frozen, and one very good looking peanut butter cup ice cream.  So, he stuck them in a car to see how long they would last and how long it would take them to cook.
12:05 is the time and close to 100° outside when he put the food in the car. It didn’t take very long for the ice cream to melt from the heat. The temperature inside, 144°.
While the food was cooking, he checked the difference between the sunlit ground and the shade around 1:00.  The sunlit concrete was 121°  while the shade was 83°!
Next, it was time to check the cookies.
"The temperature is 144° and look at the cookies," Adam says. "It smells so good and their completely hardened. That’s crazy!"
"This is why its so important to be aware of the heat this week because the heat can be dangerous and deadly. Drink plenty of water, take breaks in the shade, and stay in the air conditioning if you can."
"Its time to find out how the food has cooked, 6 hours since I put them in. The ice cream is completely melted and turned into foam. The cookies are done, the hot dogs are getting brown, and the butter is well, no longer butter," Adam says.