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Hot car deaths reach record numbers in July

By: Susan Scutti, CNN
August 1, 2017 Updated: August 1, 2017 at 4:21 pm
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In this June 18, 2014, file photo Cobb County police investigate an SUV where a toddler died near Marietta, Ga., when the father forgot to drop his child off at day care and went to work.

As of July 31, the number of children across the United States who have died of heatstroke when left in hot cars was at a record high.

This year, 29 children have died of heatstroke after being left in a vehicle. That's more than at this point in previous years, according to Jan Null, a certified consulting meteorologist with the Department of Meteorology & Climate Science at San Jose State University. And 11 of those deaths were reported in the past week alone.

This "is the highest we've ever had," said Null, who logs these and other statistics on noheatstroke.org.

The previous record as of July 31 was 28 deaths in 2010, he explained, "a year where we ended up with 49 deaths for the year."

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