Turns off the “excessive heat belt” danger
Study: Temperature rises to 52 degrees in the United States
8/16/2022 8:06 am
It could soon become unbearably hot for millions of people in the United States. Researchers have predicted temperatures of more than 50 degrees for areas off the coast. In 30 years, the number of people affected by heat could increase thirteen-fold.
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 NGO First Street Foundation presented a study, according to which by 2053 more than 100 million people in the US could live in areas that reach such temperatures 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.
Dubbed the “Extreme Heat Belt” by the First Street Foundation, the region 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.
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.
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.