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Melting crayons show how dangerous heat can be

Posted at 7:19 PM, Jul 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-25 22:19:03-04

Wednesday marked day the fifteenth day of hitting at least 100 degrees in Bakersfield. To visually show the heat, 23ABC melted crayons. 

Within one hour, the darkest colors began to drip. Doctor Shakti Srivastava from Kern Medical said this represents why people should wear lighter clothing when it is hot outside.

"Dark clothing will basically be keeping more sunlight so the color defines how much the sunlight is being reflected. Dark clothes keeping more sunlight, more heat," said Dr. Srivastava. 

After more than three hours in the sun, the white did not melt at all.