Heat wave! Just how hot is it?

There's no way to deny it... it is hot outside but just how hot is it?

Heat index temperatures as of 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016.

Armed with a laser thermometer, the ABC11.com team headed outside around 1 Tuesday afternoon when temperatures were in the mid 90s in downtown Durham. Here's what we found.

Bike seat

The external temperature of a black bike seat which had been sitting in the sun since the morning was the highest temperature recorded coming in at a whopping 151.3 degrees.

Car outside

A laser thermometer picks up a reading of 147.7 through the window of a car, Tuesday, July 26, 2016.

One of our news vehicles parked outside in the sun showed a temperature of 147.7 degrees. Inside showed a similar temperature.

Car inside

A laser thermometer registers 146.4 degrees inside a car that's been sitting in the sun on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.

The interior of a black car sitting in the sun for several hours registered a temperature of 146.4 degrees.

Car shade

A car parked in the shade shows a temperature of 117.3 degrees Tuesday, July 26, 2016.

A car parked in the shade showed a temperature of 117.3 degrees.


A laser thermometer records a temperature of 136.7 degrees on the pavement Tuesday, July 26, 2016.

Don't go barefoot! The temperature of asphalt registered 136.7 degrees (that's so hot vets are also warning to remember these temperatures hurt your pet's paws).


A port-a-potty in a parking lot registers an external temperature of 124.1 degrees, Tuesday, July 26, 2016.

Work outside and a port-a-potty is the nearest bathroom? We feel your pain, this one registered 124.1 degrees on the outside. Inside....

Port-a-potty inside

A port-a-potty in a parking lot registers an inside temperature of 123.9 degrees, Tuesday, July 26, 2016.

If you were looking for some shade inside a port-a-potty you're not in much like, it was only a fraction of a degree cooler inside.

Picnic table

A picnic table sitting in the sun shows a temperature of 138.2 degrees, Tuesday, July 26, 2016.

Today may not be the best of days for a picnic despite our sunny skies. This picnic table showed a surface temperature of 138.2 degrees.

Satellite dish

A satellite dish outside the ABC11 studios shows a temperature of 106.7 degrees Tuesday, July 26, 2016.

We've been taught that white reflects heat, well our satellite dishes came in at a balmy 106.7 degrees.


Clothes registered a temperature of 112.6 degrees after just a few minutes standing outside Tuesday, July 26, 2016.

It only took a few minutes outside to get over 100 degrees.


A laser thermometer registers a temperature of 102.3 degrees in the shade Tuesday, July 26, 2016.

And finally, if you're looking to get outside and stay in the shade you won't find much relief.
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