Researchers expect extreme heat belt to expand into 2053

A construction worker pours water over his face to stay cool during a heatwave in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo credit Mark Makela / Stringer / Getty Images

Climate researchers project a spike in temperatures over the next 30 years leading to the creation of an extreme heat belt, primarily in the Southwest, as well as portions of the Midwest. These findings are straight from a report by the non-profit research group First Street Foundation.

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Affecting 8.1 million Americans, states in this area include Texas and Louisiana and should expect temperatures exceeding above 125 degrees Fahrenheit, CNBC reports. These conditions are more common in California's Death Valley.

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration revealed the hottest July temperatures ever recorded in its nearly 130-year history were reported this year.

It's becoming more difficult to avoid the culpability of global warming. According to Axios, the number of warm temperature records outnumbered the cold temperature ones in a ratio of eight-to-one.

However, the demand for cooling could increase overall carbon emissions.

"If people think this was hot — this is going to be one of the better summers of the rest of their lives," Matthew Eby, CEO of the climate-risk research nonprofit First Street Foundation, told Business Insider.

Next year, the report projects that 8 million Americans could be sweating it out in at least 125 degrees for at least one day. "By 2053, that would rise to 107 million Americans — 13 times more people in just 30 years, according to the report," Business Insider said.

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