Extreme heat shatters car windows and warps roads


INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. — Recent triple-digit temperatures present challenges for some drivers.

A WCCO viewer named Emily discovered her car’s rear windshield shattered on Monday morning.

Eli Padilla with LaMettry’s Collision in Inver Grove Heights says extreme heat, wind and pressure can sometimes do this to tempered glass.

“A lot of times, even if you already have a little crack or rock chip on the glass, there will be a starting point of failure that way,” Padilla said.

Keeping the car cool, even when breaking the windows, is the best thing to do, according to window repair experts.

“You could put it in a carport, a garage,” said Ron Krier, owner of Ron’s Auto Glass. “You could cover it with a car cover.”

The roads don’t always fare much better in this weather. The MnDOT shared photos of the pavement buckling on its Twitter account on Friday.

Their best advice to drivers is to try to avoid it and call 911 to make an emergency report.



On Monday, some people skipped the cars altogether and decided to stroll to the Grandview Theater in St. Paul.

“I absolutely don’t want to be outside in this heat, so I came out of my air-conditioned apartment, I went down to the theater, now I’m going back to my air-conditioned apartment,” said Sunderta Kaur, who saw “Everything, everywhere, everything at once “.

Jennifer and Jamie Barrett saw “Top Gun: Maverick” as a way to stay indoors.

“Today our real plans were to go to Stillwater and sit outside, but the heat just negated that,” Jennifer said. “Too hot.”

Booth McGowan, manager of the Grandview, said the staff were a bit overwhelmed by the number of people who came to the afternoon screenings.

“Any time it’s really hot like this and people have reason to go to the movies, you know, it’s exciting to see locals and familiar faces come in,” McGowan said.

Hospitals reported very few patients with heat-related illnesses or complaints.


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