Summer may have only (officially) started three days ago, but it's already shaping up to be a record-breaking season.
Case in point: Just last week, Arizona was hit with a heat wave so intense, members of a local news crew actually baked cookies in a car.
On Thursday, when it hit 115 degrees in Phoenix, 12 News decided to test out the hyperbolic expression,
It's so hot, I could fry an egg on the sidewalk.
But instead of cooking an egg, the crew decided to make something infinitely more delicious: chocolate chip cookies.
The team of experimenters parked a car in the sun, put a tray full of raw cookie dough on the dashboard and set a timer to see how long the cookies would take to cook fully — if, that is, it worked at all.
The experiment began at 1:30 pm, when the sun was strongest, and by 5:45 pm, the sweaty scientists were rewarded for their efforts with a tray full of soft, gooey and fully-cooked cookies.
The crew filmed the tasty test and edited the footage down to a short video you can watch below.
While the experiment itself was simply for fun, 12 News hopes it will remind viewers how blisteringly hot cars can get in the summer — too hot, it insists, for any person or animal to withstand for any extended period of time.
A fresh batch of Arizona Summer Car Cookies (ready in just under five hours): http://12ne.ws/1Lky7fj Posted by 12 News on Friday, June 19, 2015