Most people can agree that it is hot in South Florida during the summer. But just how hot is it? The weather report every evening gives us a temperature of how hot it was that day but it never seems to be right. How many times have you gone to the store and when you went back to your car it felt like the air coming out of your car, when you open the door, was going to burn you. I decided to do a little experiment to see how hot it really got in my car.
For this experiment I took a cooking pot and put 4 cups of water in it. I then let the pot sit on the counter over night to get to room temperature. At about 11:30 a.m. I placed the pot in my car and closed the doors and windows. My car is painted black with black leather seats. It does have tinted windows though.
At 3:30 p.m. I went to the car to take the temperature. I opened the car door and then got in the car, sat down and closed the door so that I would not loose any heat. I turned the thermometer on (it was an electronic one) and placed it in the water. I noticed that there were bubbles under the water at the bottom of the pot that were not there before.
It took only a few seconds for the thermometer to be in the water till it exceeded its range in temperature. The highest reading that I could get was 109.8 degrees Fahrenheit, after that it just showed an "H" which meant the temperature was too high. When I went to reset the temperature I took the thermometer out of the water and tried turning it on. Once it turned on the temperature reached 107.6 F. This reading was the temperature of the air that was in my car.
The temperatures recorded that day were between 82 and 90 F for the area where I conducted this test.