How to handle yourself and your car in the scalding summer heat
FARGO—You could lose hundreds of dollars and priceless memories, all thanks to sweltering heat.
Temperatures soared into the 90's on Monday, with shirt melting humidity.
It's no secret sitting in a car like this for too long is bad for your health, but hot cars can also be a detriment to your wallet.
"I've seen cars 150 degrees...sometimes even more," said Elizabeth Oestreich of the Safe Kids Coalition.
It gets hot, strike that, blistering inside these cars.
Safety experts are reminding everyone the importance of not leaving kids in a parked car.
"As soon as they're left in there, the temperatures rise and they can get into trouble real quick," said Oestreich.
Car interiors can heat up as quickly as 19 degrees every ten minutes.
While leaving kids in the backseat may be dangerous, there are other things you should avoid leaving there for different reasons.
Let's say on a steamy day like on Monday, you head to the store to pick up some essentials.
You grab them and load up the car.
A regular haul can mean a big mess in the passenger seat.
Purchases like crayons will start to melt around 130, lipsticks liquefy around 120 and chocolates turn to syrup at about 95.
10 minutes after parking our car we reached 106, enough to make soup.
The mess left by these may be annoying, but tossing your phone on the dash may leave you with a much bigger headache
"You can see how that top one is swollen and the bottom one is nice and flat," said iCare Phone Repairmen James Van Raden.
According to iCare's resident phone expert, James Van Raden, heat can wreak havoc on your phone's battery.
"When that battery swells, it likes to push up on the screens," Van Raden told us.
He says battery swell can seriously damage your screen, or hardware attached to it.
"It could be in the $100 to $300 dollar range," Van Raden said.
"Now you're at a point- maybe, maybe not, can that device be repaired," said Van Raden.
Putting all of your music and family pictures at risk.
Batteries may even catch flame in a worst-case-scenario.
"If those coverings ever get punctured, the thing they're reactive to is metal," said Van Raden.
Luckily, Van Raden says preventing serious damage is as easy as taking your phone with, or storing it in the shade.
Most phones have warnings and fail-safes when they start getting too warm.
Van Raden says if your phone acts erratically after overheating, it may be worth looking at the battery to look for damage.