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Deadly heat: Dangers of heat and leaving kids in vehicles

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Soaring summertime temperatures in D.C. can be deadly. The national statistic is startling.

Last year, 32 children were killed after they were left in overheated vehicles.

Temperatures at Reagan National jumped above 90 degrees 53 days last summer.

Average summertime highs in D.C. range from middle to upper 80s, which feels comfortable but is totally different story inside a car. That's where temps can quickly skyrocket to over 140 degrees.

Lon Anderson with AAA Mid-Atlantic warns that dark dashboards and seats can spike to more than 200-degrees in just a couple hours.

“Absolutely amazing how fast the interior of a car heats up on a warm day,” Anderson says.

Doctor Bruno Petinaux with George Washington's medical faculty associates says children, the elderly and the chronically ill are particularly at risk on hot days.

"Think of yourself as cooking inside your body - temp just rising - once hit 105, 106, 107 that will really literally kill off cells in body,” he says.

Petinaux suggests staying well-hydrated with a 50-50 combination of water and sports drink.

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