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How Hot Can the Inside of My Car Get During the Summer?

Car Cabin Temperature Extremes and Retention Rates

Unless you’re living in Alaska, it’s likely that you’re feeling the heat no matter where you are in the USA. Summer has been officially here for about 2 weeks now, and it has let everyone know with some striking changes in temperature. Wherever you are, we hope you have a fan or air conditioning nearby, thinning out some of the unbearable heat.

The Worst Place Under the Sun

You might be wondering why we’re talking about the summer heat. Well, that’s because one of the places you’ll notice the worst amount of heat and humidity is inside your vehicle. Parked under the sun and enclosed, cars easily trap heat, making your seat upholstery hot and plaguing your cabin in a thick, sweltering fog.

Now, we’re not here to tell you how to reduce heat in your car. Many of those answers are very obvious including AC, windows open, parking in the shade, etc.. What we are going to talk about today is how hot it can get inside your vehicle.

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a woman eating watermelon in front of a fan to stay cool in the summer heat

Car Heat Retention

If you’re getting groceries, carpooling, or driving with your pet, it’s incredibly important to know the temperature inside your vehicle. Sure, driving with the AC on helps, but not when you have to run inside a store and leave your dog or a tub of ice cream trapped inside. So, how hot can it get inside your car? Is it safe to leave your pet inside? Will all of your refrigerated groceries get spoiled and/or melt?

Car Heat Speed Rate

No matter how hot it is outside, it’s monumentally hotter inside your car! In fact, some terrible accidents with children or animals have happened when the outside temperature was only in the 60s. How is that possible? Well, when it’s only 70° Fahrenheit, the inside of your vehicle can reach as much as 113° Fahrenheit when left under the hot sun.

Even worse, when the temperature is in the 80’s and 90’s, temperatures can reach as high as 170°! Additionally, the hotter it is outside, the quicker the temperature will rise inside the car. Even if you had the air conditioning running, it can take less than an hour to climb to extreme temperatures after you shut your vehicle off.

Therefore, to close, always be aware of the temperature when driving and prepare when you’re bringing along a child, a pet, or even something as inconsequential as getting groceries.


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For more help with tips and tricks to handle the road, contact us here at Kelly Mazda. Our dealership is located in Scranton, Pennsylvania within Lackawanna County.