‘Extreme heat belt’ will affect 100 million US residents

(ORDO NEWS) — A warm-weather region, also called the “extreme heat belt”, will cover regions of the US with more than 100 million people by 2053, according to a new study.

A study by the nonprofit First Street Foundation used a peer-reviewed model built on public and other data to assess heat risk.

Scientists have concluded that a dangerous heat wave with temperatures above 52 degrees Celsius will affect 8.1 million people in 2023 and increase to 107 million people in 2053, a 13-fold increase.

The region of the United States, stretching from northern Texas and Louisiana to Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, will be affected by the heat.

“Rising local temperatures have significant consequences for those who have not adapted to warmer than normal climates,” the report says.

For example, a 10 percent rise in temperature in northeastern Maine could be as dangerous as a 10 percent rise in southwestern Texas, despite the higher absolute temperatures seen in Texas.

The biggest projected shift in local temperatures has occurred in Miami-Dade County, Florida, which currently has its highest temperature of 40 degrees Celsius seven days a year. It is expected that by 2053 this number will increase to 34 days with a temperature of 40 degrees.

And the increased use of air conditioners that can result from such temperature spikes will overload power systems, the report warns, leading to more frequent and longer power outages.

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