The death may have been a simple accident, said David Persse, emergency medical director for the Houston Fire Department.
While many hot car deaths are caused by guardians who forget they've left their child behind, Persse said in a statement, "the other situation that we sometimes see is that kids will get into a car and they'll be playing around the car and they'll accidentally lock it."
When that happens, "the child will panic, and they don't know how to unlock the car," he said.
By Monday, temperatures are expected be as much as 20 degrees above normal across much of the desert Southwest and Southern California. In some of the hottest areas, low temperatures are forecast top normal highs.
And as for those highs, forecasts from the National Weather Service feature projections that look like oven roasting recipes beginning Sunday and Monday:
- 120 degrees in and around the Coachella Valley of California.
- 115 to 120 in and around Phoenix.
- 118 in and around Las Vegas.
- 116 in and around Flagstaff, Arizona.
- 113 in the desert Inland Empire of California.
- 105 in and around San Diego.
(Death Valley, California, of course, will beat them all. Forecasters said the notorious hot spot could reach 125 degrees early next week.)
It adds up to "some brutal days ahead," said Domenica Davis, a forecaster for The Weather Channel. "This is really going to be a dangerous situation."