Trafficking victims found in sweltering trailer suffered 'unbearable' heat

Meteorologist Kaiti Blake explains how hot it can get in a tractor trailer

SAN ANTONIO – The 38 trafficking victims found in a trailer on the city's Southwest side early Sunday morning suffered unbearably high temperatures.

Meteorologist Kaiti Blake explained just how hot it can get in a semi-truck trailer and said little air circulation likely exacerbated the conditions in sweltering trailer.

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SUNDAY NIGHT VIGIL: Vigil to be held at 6 p.m. at San Fernando Cathedral for trafficking victims

Here's how hot it can get on an average summer day:

Time: 6 a.m.
Average Temperature: 77
Inside the Semi-Truck Trailer: 120

Time: 12 p.m.
Average Temperature: 93
Inside the Semi-Truck Trailer: 135

Time: 5 p.m.
Average Temperature: 100
Inside the Semi-Truck Trailer: 140+

Time: 8 p.m.
Average Temperature: 85
Inside the Semi-Truck Trailer: 130

Eight people were found dead and another 30 people were taken to area hospitals for treatment.

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About the Authors:

Kaiti Blake is a child weather-geek-turned-meteorologist. A member of the KSAT Weather Authority, Kaiti is a co-host of the Whatever the Weather video podcast. After graduating from Texas Tech University, Kaiti worked at WJTV 12 in Jackson, Mississippi and KTAB in Abilene.