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Researchers warn of a future “extreme heat belt” in the United States

A Sign Warns Of The Danger Of Extreme Heat As People Walk On Salt Flats In Badwater Basin, Sunday, July 11, 2021, In Death Valley National Park, Calif.  Death Valley In Southeastern California'S Mojave Desert Reached 128 Degrees Fahrenheit (53 Celsius) On Saturday.  According To Readings From The National Weather Service In Furnace Creek.  The Shockingly High Temperature Was Actually Lower Than The Previous Day, When The Location Reached 130 F (54 C).  (Ap Photo/John Locher)
A sign in Death Valley National Park in California warns of extreme heat. Temperatures rose above 54 degrees on July 9, 2021 – too high for Death Valley.

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Researchers warn of the emergence of an “extreme heat belt” in the United States with perceived temperatures of about 52 degrees Celsius or higher. By 2023, 8.1 million people are expected to live in such areas.

Researchers warn of the emergence of an “extreme heat belt” in the United States with perceived temperatures of about 52 degrees Celsius or higher. The non-governmental organization First Street Foundation presented a similar study on Monday. According to this, in the year 2053, more than 100 million people in the United States could live in areas where such temperatures are reached at least one day a year.

8.1 million people are expected to live in such areas in the coming year. After 30 years, that number could rise to 107 million, a thirteen-fold increase.

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The region, described by the First Street Foundation as an “extreme heat belt”, stretches from northern Texas and Louisiana to Illinois and Indiana to Wisconsin. These are areas away from the coast, where the sea ensures higher temperatures.

Orientation to the highest temperature range

The term Extreme Heat Belt is based on the US National Weather Service’s highest heat category, which speaks of “extreme danger” at perceived temperatures of more than 125 °F (51.7 °C). The perceived temperature corresponds to the temperature sensed by the human body and takes into account not only the actual air temperature but also the humidity.

Epa10045065 A Buoy Sits On A Dry Lakebed At Lake Mead National Recreation Area In Boulder City, Nevada, United States, June 30, 2022.  The Us Bureau Of Reclamation Recently Reported That The Water Level Of Lake Mead, The Largest Artificial Reservoir In North America, Has Fallen.  At About 1,044 Feet Above Sea Level, It Has The Lowest Water Level On Record Since It Was Filled After The Construction Of The Hoover Dam In 1937.  Epa/Caroline Brahms
The water level in Lake Mead Reservoir is at its lowest since it was dammed as a result of a drought in 1937. (June 30, 2022)

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For their model, researchers from the First Street Foundation evaluated, among other things, satellite data on air and surface temperatures between 2014 and 2020, which included factors such as the height of a region, water absorption, the distance to a body Huh. Water and a Coast and then worked with forecasts by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on climate change in the coming decades.


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