WASHINGTON — It's pretty hot outside. And with temperatures increasing, surfaces of different objects in the District are warming up as well. WUSA9 used a heat gun to measure just how hot benches, park slides, sidewalks and other commonly-used items actually are.
WUSA9 compared the temperature of a hot cup of coffee to other objects. The coffee measured in at 147°.
Next, WUSA9 measured a plastic playground bench, coming in at 158°.
A metal playground bench came in at 123°.
A metal slide measured in at 122°.
A wooden bench, but in the shade, was 93°.
But a wooden bench in the direct sunlight was 154°.
Additionally, a sidewalk in the shade measured in at 90°.
But the sidewalk in the direct sun was 123°.
A parking meter in the direct sunlight measured 117°.
And an outdoor dining table in the sunlight? That measured in at 132°.
A car door handle rang in at 113°, and a car dashboard measured 133°.
WUSA9 also measured a car engine after it'd been running for 30 minutes, which measured in at 117°
So yes, it's pretty hot outside, and so are other items we use daily.