You’ve heard of folks attempting to fry an egg on the sidewalk, but how about baking biscuits in a hot car?

Hallie Bova, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Valley, expected her biscuit-cooking experiment to pan out. The only question was, how long will it take for the biscuits to brown?

“We actually were going to do cookies, but the store didn’t have cookies, so it’s biscuits,” Bova said Thursday. “I thought it would be fun to try.”

With an excessive heat warning in effect, dough was put on a cookie sheet that was placed in an enclosed vehicle at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. A thermometer was placed next to the cookie sheet, and 30 minutes into the experiment, Bova said, the temperature was 130 degrees inside the vehicle.

Photos of the experiment were posted on the Twitter account of the weather service’s Valley office, with periodic updates provided. The biscuits typically take about 14 to 17 minutes to bake in 350-degree heat.

The pan reached 175 degrees in 60 minutes, and the tops of the biscuits were at 153 degrees.

“This is a good time to remind everyone that your car does in fact get deadly hot. Look before you lock! On average 38 children die in hot cars each year. Don’t be a statistic!” the weather service said in one of its updates on Twitter.

Locksmiths and emergency officials scrambled at least twice Wednesday to free children inadvertently locked in cars.

By shortly after 4 p.m., when the car had to be turned to track the sun, the top of the biscuits were done, but the bottom was doughy. “But more interestingly, the temperature of the back seat in the shade is 144 degrees!” the weather service tweeted.

About 6 p.m., the weather service reported that after almost eight hours in the sun, the outside of the biscuit was edible.

“The middle is still pretty doughy though. The max temp on the pan was 185! Also we made festive biscuit hats. Stay cool out there,” the weather service tweeted.

According to the heat advisory, the dangerously high temperatures and humidity could quickly cause heat stress or heatstroke. People are advised to take extra precautions while working or spending time outside. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible, and drink plenty of water.


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