After the US has baked in record heatwaves this year, it looks like even warmer weather will gobble up huge swaths of the country over the next few decades. According to the climate risk nonprofit First Street Foundation, more than 100 million Americans will be living in an “extreme heat belt” by 2053. At least one day a year, areas in the belt will endure temperatures over 125 F, which is within the extreme hazard level of the National Weather Service’s heat index. The huge area that will be affected runs from Texas to Wisconsin and includes the southeastern US. ‘, the report explains, adding that many affected communities are ‘unaccustomed to warmer weather compared to their normal climate’. The most extreme heat rise is forecast in the Miami-Dade County area of Florida, where the hottest days (currently around 103 F) will increase in frequency from seven days a year to 34 by 2053.
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