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National Weather Service bake biscuits in car using sun to demonstrate heat


Biscuits in the sun!

The Omaha National Weather Service is attempting to bake biscuits using nothing but a car and the sun, the organization shared on social media Thursday.

“If you are wondering if it’s going to be hot today, we are attempting to bake biscuits using only the sn and a car in our parking lot. We will keep you posted with the progress. Stay cool!” the Omaha NWS shared in a tweet with a picture of the biscuits on a sheet pan on the inside dashboard of the car.

A second tweet showed after 45 minutes, the biscuits were beginning to rise in the hot car.

In a second update, the agency showed the biscuits had reached a toasty 153 degrees on top, and the pan measured 175 degrees after 60 minutes.

“This is a good time to remind everyone that your car does in fact get deadly hot. Look before you lock! On average 38 children die in hot cars each year. Don’t be a statistic!” NWS Omaha said.

The National Weather Service issued an Excessive Heat Warning around 3:20 a.m. Thursday, until 7 p.m. Saturday.

Heat index values are expected to around 106 to 113 degrees Thursday and Friday, and in the 100- to 108-degree range Saturday, the NWS said in a warning.

“Dangerously high temperatures and humidity could quickly cause heat stress or heat stroke if precautions are not taken,” the NWS said.

“Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to the early morning or later in the evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible, and drink plenty of water.”

In a later update, the NWS showed a thermometer that measured the temperature of the back seat of the car — which was in the shade — at 120 degrees.

According to No Heat Stroke, after just 10 minutes on a day when the outside temperature is 80 degrees, the inside temperature can reach 90 degrees. After 30 minutes, the temperature can climb to 114 degrees, and after an hour, it can hit 123 degrees.

Organizations have issued warnings on the dangers of leaving children and pets in cars because of the dangers of climbing heat. Earlier this year, the 800th child died in an overheated vehicle since records first were kept in 1998.

The NWS warned that two-thirds of the U.S. — including the Midwest and Northeast — will be plunged into a heat wave into the weekend.

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