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Hot enough to bake cookies in a car: Boise, Idaho

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    Wednesday, July 3, 2013, 9:20 AM -

    Extreme heat has been dominating parts of the U.S., leaving some residents struggling to stay cool.

    Others, have been conducting fun, non-scientific experiments to help illustrate just how hot it has been. 

    On Tuesday, KTVB in Boise, Idaho proved it was hot enough to bake cookies inside a car. 

    It didn't take long for the cookies to flatten out as temperatures climbed into the 40s. After being left in the car for about six hours, the cookies were described as very crispy and even overcooked.

    Cookies ended up overcooked after being left in the car

    Cookies ended up overcooked after being left in the car

    In parts of the U.S. Southwest, extreme heat warnings remain in effect through the July 4th holiday.

    Officials with the Salvation Army in Las Vegas say at least 300 people have been entering their doors each day in an effort to escape the unrelenting weather.

    "Not only do they the get cooling station and the benefit of the water that we put out, but they can also take showers if they need to in here for free," says Andre Ingram with the Salvation Army, Las Vegas. 

    Death Valley, California set a record temperature on Monday as the daytime high climbed over 50 degrees.

    Authorities announced that six runners who braved a half marathon in southern California had to be hospitalized for heat related injuries.

    Officials are urging people to stay indoors and avoid any strenuous outdoor activities. 

    With files from CNN

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