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Thermal imaging camera shows just how hot it really is outside

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We know it's hot outside, but have you ever wondered how hot the inside of your car or even playground equipment can get?

The Charleston Fire Department showed 13 News just hot certain items can get using a thermal imaging camera.

Lieutenant Dave Blaylock said the device is a great tool that helps them when they are on the scene of a fire.

The pavement clocked in at 141 degrees, while a bench came in at 120 degrees.  

Blaylock used the thermal imaging camera inside of an ambulance, which read 132 degrees.  The outside of the ambulance read 134 degrees.

He said almost everything around us absorbs and holds heat. This can have fatal consequences if you're not careful.

"Do not, under any circumstances, even for a short while, leave either yours pets or your children inside the car. It's deadly. It's fatal. We see deaths of children each year because of that," said Dr. Rahul Gupta, Executive Director at Kanawha-Charleston Health Department.

Temperatures are expected to hang in the 90s through next week.