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Are Cars Melting From The Heat In Arizona?

Claim: Shared around social media is the following picture with the claim that with the latest heatwave it's been so hot in Arizona that cars are literally melting from the extreme temperatures.
Pic circulated showing melted cars


Verdict: False. The picture of the melted cars is from the aftermath of a construction fire that occurred in Tucson Arizona on June 19th, 2018. The extreme heat from the fire was the culprit, and not the weather. Car bumpers are commonly made from Polypropylene so they shouldn't melt until close to 180 degrees Celsius (356 F.), and at those kind of temperatures there's probably bigger things to worry about than your car turning into a puddle.

That's not to say the heat can't melt things, even though the car thing is an exaggeration. Many other types of plastics can't handle nearly as much heat and will melt much quicker. Mailboxes, garbage bins, and all sorts of other cheap plastic things have melted in the past from insanely high temperatures, and it's not just Arizona having to deal with it. Records in many parts of the world are being broken consistently and it doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon.

As this kind of weather becomes more common as temperatures continue to climb, more people will need to be aware of  things like heat stroke and heat exhaustion, and how to recognize and treat them.
What happens when you get heat stroke? This Video by Ted-Ed explains the dangers and what you can do.


Stay safe, and stay hydrated.

Sources/More Reading

Heat Maps Reveal Record Breaking Temps Across The World -Inverse.com
Owners Dealing With Melted Cars After Construction Fire -Tucsonnewsnow.com
Melting Points Of Polymers - Polymerdatabase.com
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