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Temperatures in a parked car can reach over 120 degrees Fahrenheit within minutes.

Goliad EMT Cody Robles says, "[when] getting overheated your vital signs and heart rate can jump up, way past 100, depending how dehydrated you are, your vital signs could drop as well."

With the help and supervision of Goliad EMS, I was able to sit in a parked car to compare my vitals after being in the heat for several minutes. I was able to record while inside.

Entering the car, the heat was intense; 

"I'm already starting to feel some sweat on my face, definitely already starting to sweat, and I've been here for about 2 minutes- my skin is already starting to feel a bit wet and sticky"

Every year, we test how high temperatures can get inside a parked car. Last year meteorologist Jesse Kelley was able to sit in a car for a full 20 minutes, this year I only lasted 10 minutes. 

"So it has now officially been 10 minutes that i have been sitting in the car- the temperature has exceeded 125 degrees and it is very hot and harder to breathe"

Emergency Medical Services of Goliad EMT David Rupps adds, "There's no air moving so you get no flow of air- also your heart rate is going up because its compensating for the fluid loss that you're having with all the sweating that you are doing." Comparing vitals show an increase in skin temperatures from 98 degrees to over 106 degrees. Heart rate jumped from 90 to 114 and overall heat from 98 to 99 degrees.

"Who knows another 10 minutes you would have been the same, 2 minutes later you would have dropped out all the way- there's no way to tell that so that's why it's unsafe to keep anyone in a car at anytime," says Rupps. 

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