The U.S. could see a new ‘extreme heat belt’ by 2053
The report, released Monday by the nonprofit research group First Street Foundation, found that within a column of America’s heartland stretching from Texas and Louisiana north to the Great Lakes, residents could experience heat index temperatures above 125 degrees Fahrenheit by 2053 — conditions that are more commonly found in California’s Death Valley or in parts of the Middle East.
Looks like we’re almost there this summer
The map shows all-time heat records by state, not temperatures this summer. For example, the 117°F shown for Minnesota was set in July, 1917.
Here’s the distribution by decade: