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Heat wave: It's so hot out, the National Weather Service baked biscuits in a car

Des Moines Register logo Des Moines Register 7/19/2019 Aaron Calvin
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How hot is it in the Midwest right now? So hot you could fix up a mess of biscuits on the dashboard of a black SUV. 

That's not a metaphor. The National Weather Service actually set up a tray of biscuits in a car on Thursday to see if the heat wave temperatures running through much of the country right now could actually cause them to bake.

After 45 minutes, the biscuits showed signs of rising as temperatures climbed into the 90s in Iowa and Nebraska. 

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After only an hour in the sun, the biscuit pan had reached 175 degrees and the tops of biscuits clocked in at 153 degrees. 

The weather service took the opportunity to remind everyone that a vehicle can heat up awfully quickly during the hot days of summer and to be especially mindful of leaving children in a car for any amount of time. 

Aaron Calvin covers trending news for the Register. Reach him at acalvin@registermedia.com or 515-556-9097.

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