Even though temperatures were in the low 70s midweek for the region, AP reported that a 15-month-old girl died after being left unattended in a car on Wednesday in Dolgeville, N.Y.
Police are still investigating the incident.
On average, 38 children die each year from heat-related deaths after being left inside motor vehicles according to Kids and Cars, a nonprofit child safety organization.
Leaving a child in a car, even during mild temperatures, can have deadly consequences. (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Thinkstock)
Car windows act as a catalyst for rapid temperature increases inside the vehicle and Wednesday's tragedy proves that even without scorching heat, there is still the risk of heatstroke death when a child is left in a vehicle.
"If a car is in the sun and the windows are up, temperatures can climb 40 degrees higher than the outside temperature," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said. Cars with dark interiors heat up the fastest.
A total of 44 children died of heatstroke after being left in a car in 2013 according to Jan Null, CCM at San Francisco State University.
As a heat wave grips the Southwest this weekend, parents and caregivers should take extra caution.
Above-average temperatures are expected to linger throughout next week, on track with the AccuWeather.com summer forecast of above-normal temperatures and below-normal rainfall for the Southwest over the next few months.
Safercar.gov recommends checking the back seat of the car each time before locking the doors.
Here are other tips from Safercar.gov and KidsandCars.org that could prevent any child from a heat-related vehicle death:
2. Keep a large teddy bear or stuffed animal in the car seat when it's empty. Move the teddy bear when the child is in the car seat as a visual reminder. Put something you'll need like your cell phone, handbag, brief case, etc., in the backseat.
3. Keep vehicles locked at all times, even in the garage.
4. If you see an unattended child in a car, call 911 immediately.
5. Be vigilant about always checking the backseat before you lock the doors.
Two dozen people have died in West Virginia as a result of extreme flooding that inundated portions of the state on Thursday.
Another round of sizzling heat threatens to aggravate the ongoing wildfire situation across the southwestern United States through early week.
As the Northeast further dries out amid another rain-free weekend, residents may be wondering if this is a sign of things to come for July.
The next round of thunderstorm downpours will swing into the Appalachians with the risk of isolated flash flooding on Monday.
With the start of summer comes more time traveling and the unfortunate mess some items will leave if left baking in a hot car.
Showers threaten to cause delays on a nearly daily basis next week at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships.
Milford, UT (1970)
105 degrees -- record high for city.
Weatherford, TX (1980)
119 degrees -- highest temperature in Texas during a very hot year.
Phoenix, AZ (1990)
All-time record high of 122 degrees (old record for date was 116 set in 1979).