The 5 Most Tense Decisions to Be Made in a Heat Wave

Summer is here in full force, with record days of triple-digit temperatures sapping your energy and baking your hide.

Hot temperatures bring with them a series of tense decisions that must be made, decisions where if you guess wrong, the circumstances can be dire. (Note: These do not include the existential question of whether life is worth living, asked in the parking lot when you've been forced into a distant spot.)

Like these five.

5. Crack that window? We all know what it's like to open the door of a car in an uncovered parking lot at the end of a 100-degree day if you've had the windows up -- the blast of hot air is enough to throw you back five feet. Then there's the idiocy of opening your windows to let some cooler air in -- when it's 98 degrees outside.

Of course, the other option is to crack your windows and discover that there's been a quick but intense gully-washer while you were stuck in that windowless-room meeting. Accept that when the meteorologist says there's a 20 percent chance of rain, if you crack your windows those odds increase to 90 percent in the area taken up by your car.

Roll the windows all the way up or crack? It's a tough decision, but you're playing with fire (and rain -- shout-out to all the James Taylor fans!)

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Richard Connelly
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