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Extreme heat impacts roads, rails, electronics and more

The District registered as the hottest city in the nation Tuesday morning. (Darko Vojinovic/AP)

And here are a more heat-induced problems that may not be quite so familiar:

(5) Deflated car and bicycle tires: Extreme heat can impact the air pressure inside tires, resulting in flats and, in some cases, blowouts. Cyclists and drivers can minimize the risk by making sure tires are properly inflated and not worn out, and also watch out for roadway debris from blowouts.

(6) Cracking roadways: Like tires, pavement expands in very hot temperatures. As a result, roads can buckle, crack and sometimes melt.

A “heat kink” in a Metro track. (WMATA)

(8) Malfunctioning electronics: Electronic devices are also susceptible to high temperatures, which can warp the circuitry, keyboard and screens. Heading to the pool? Don’t leave your iPad on a metal table. Parking your car? Don’t leave your cell phone or GPS device behind. The trunk of your car may seem shady, but temperatures still skyrocket back there.

Tell us: Have you dealt with these or other hot weather problems? Share your experiences in the comments below.


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