When a heat wave pushes in, some of the biggest concerns often turn toward expensive A/C bills, staying hydrated and finding any way to remain cool. Yet, one of the most dangerous side effects of excessive heat is often just an afterthought.
Asphalt and pavement can turn into a frying pan when exposed to nearly direct sunshine and unusually high temperatures. An experiment conducted by the LHAPS in Naples, Florida, really shows just how quickly asphalt can turn dangerous:
With temperatures expected to match or even exceed the conditions in the above-mentioned experiment, pavement temperatures will likely surpass 140° for some areas.
If the thought of 140° on bare skin isn't startling enough, here are the figures concerning just how quickly human skin and canine paws can burn:
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*Data from Burn Centre Care
To stay safe during this weekend's heat wave, just follow these simple tips: