- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - AAA Oklahoma says motorists should beware of the dangers of being inside a parked vehicle outdoors as summer temperatures and humidity continue to rise.

Young children and pets are especially susceptible to the heat because their bodies do not have the same internal temperature control as an adult’s. In fact, for the most part, dogs and cats can’t even sweat.

AAA spokesman Chuck Mai says motorists should never leave a child or pet unattended in a parked vehicle, even if the windows are cracked or if the engine is running with the air conditioning on.

A study by General Motors shows it takes just 10 minutes for the temperature inside a sun-drenched vehicle to warm up by 19 degrees. In 30 minutes, it can rise as much as 34 degrees.

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