The video above isn’t using any special effects or CGI. It’s a real mid-2000s Renault Megane estate, sitting in a parking lot in Italy, and it’s melting before your eyes. The scene was captured by a passing British tourist, when he noticed side moldings on the car door turning to goo and dripping onto the pavement. Extreme heat has plagued Italy this summer, with temps recently hovering in the high 90s Fahrenheit, which is more than 20 degrees above the average historical high temperatures.
Italy’s summertime temps are typically forgiving, with an average high in the hottest month (July) of just 75F. However, record high temperatures are being observed around the globe this summer. For instance, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently reported June was the hottest month on record in the United States for the past 136 years. Soaring temps aren’t just bad news for the occasional older model car, though. The high heat will likely lead to severe weather, such as the El Niño event expected to hit the U.S. West coast soon.
A melting car is quite a sight to behold, and it’s not something we generally get to see outside of an action movie or perhaps a riveting episode of Mythbusters. One thing is for sure, though; Italy still has nothing on the epic heatwave in India, where temps soared to 116F earlier this year and actually caused the streets to melt.
Image and video via Sophia/YouTube