May 19, 2024

An Arizona driver claims the extreme heat melted her car’s headlight

As Arizona swelters in a punishing 19-day heat wave, one motorist claims the extreme temperatures melted her car’s headlights.

Sierra Ramos posted a TikTok on Monday showing that her tail light had liquefied in the summer heat.

“Guys, the light is melting,” she says in the viral clip that has received more than 260,000 views in 24 hours.

“Crazy it was 131 degrees outside,” Ms Ramos captioned.

Phoenix was expected to set a record 19-day streak when temperatures topped 110F (43C) on Tuesday. Gauges reached a scorching 114F (45.5C) on Monday.

Around the world, new temperature records are being set by historic heat waves that have been affected by the climate crisis in recent weeks.

Commenters on Ms Ramos’ TikTok expressed sympathy – and some skepticism – about her claims.

TikTok user Sierra Ramos claimed that a tail light melted in Arizona’s relentless heat wave

(TikTok / Sierraramos825)

“The sun is definitely angry this year,” wrote one. “It’s ridiculous here in (California), it went from cool and cloudy to burning.”

Another said: “The sun is just melting the city stuff.”

Others seemed unconvinced that the sun alone could dissolve the solid plastic.

When Facebook post went viral in 2021 while claiming that tires, trash cans and traffic lights melted during a summer heat wave, fact checkers from USA Today found that the damage was caused by fire or exposure to other weather conditions.

Tail lights are made of polycarbonate plastic, which usually melting at temperatures of 288C to 316C (550F to 600F), which means there is little chance that Ms. Ramos’ lights melted from the heat.

“My cars sat out in 122 in Phoenix and nothing came in or out,” said one commenter.

“That’s no way from south Phoenix,” wrote another.

According to experts, tail lights can melt due to damaged wiring or faulty assembly.

If it has a stuck brake light switch, it can also overheat causing the lights to melt.

More than 100 million Americans were under a heat warning on Tuesday as temperatures across the South and Southwest, from Florida to Death Valley, reached triple digits for consecutive days.

In Phoenix, the last time the temperature didn’t reach 110 F was June 29, when it hit 108 (42.2 C).

The nights are offering little respite for Arizonans. On Monday, a new record was set when the temperature did not drop below 95F (35C) overnight.

Arizona State University meteorologist Randy Cerveny said the Associated Press that a dangerous heat dome that brought the highest temperature on record to the Southwest was currently centered on Phoenix.

He said that the increasing temperatures in recent years were due to human influence on the climate.

Ms. Ramos did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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