Road Melts Into Car Tire As Northeastern U.S. Scorched by Heat Wave

A Massachusetts resident has said that the temperatures in Northampton were so hot that the "road melted" onto his tire, with the temperature inside his van reaching as high as 123 F on Monday.

Yesterday, Reddit user Mikey_Lava said: "How hot is it in Western MA right now? The road melted onto my work van's tire," and shared a photo of the van's dashboard which shows that the temperature was 116 degrees inside the van, as well as a photo of what appears to be tarmac stuck to a tire.

He later updated his post to say that the temperature peaked at 123 F, noting that it's "mostly likely just the temperature in the van though."

Accuweather reported that Northampton experienced highs of around 96 F on Monday. Today, Northampton will experience highs of up to 95 F that will feel like 104 F, according to Accuweather.

There is a heat advisory in effect until 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday in areas of northern Connecticut, central, eastern, northeastern, southeastern and western Massachusetts, and northern Rhode Island, as the National Weather Service warns that "hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur."

The National Weather Service says that "oppressive heat will be the main weather story today across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast," with above-average temperatures and heat indices into the triple digits.

High temperatures are forecast to reach the mid-to-upper 90s today and Wednesday, and a few daily high-temperature records are possible between Philadelphia and Boston.

On Wednesday, a cold front currently approaching the area will bring relief from the heat but may also bring damaging wind gusts. There is a slight risk of severe thunderstorms for much of the Northeast and New England between eastern Maine and central Pennsylvania.

Residents of the impacted areas are encouraged to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. The National Weather Service warns that young children and pets should not be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

Additionally, residents affected by the heat advisory should take extra precautions if they work or spend time outside and should reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.

Be sure to understand the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing.

Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location, and the National Weather Service reminds people that heat stroke is an emergency and that they should call 911 if someone is impacted.

Car tire on a road
Stock image of a car wheel on a road. A man has said that the heat in Massachusetts was so hot that the road melted onto his tire. Fabian Krause/EyeEm/Getty