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.
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.
One of our news vehicles parked outside in the sun showed a temperature of 147.7 degrees. Inside showed a similar temperature.
The interior of a black car sitting in the sun for several hours registered a temperature of 146.4 degrees.
A car parked in the shade showed a temperature of 117.3 degrees.
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).
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....
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.
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.
We've been taught that white reflects heat, well our satellite dishes came in at a balmy 106.7 degrees.
It only took a few minutes outside to get over 100 degrees.
And finally, if you're looking to get outside and stay in the shade you won't find much relief.