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More Extreme Heat Expected for Americans

Wednesday, August 17th, 2022 -- 8:00 AM


More than 107 million Americans are expected to suffer through extreme temperatures more often and for longer over the next 30 years, according to new data released yesterday by the nonprofit First Street Foundation.

How extreme? Well, over 1,000 US counties are projected to experience at least one day above 125°F by 2053, mostly located in an emerging “Extreme Heat Belt” stretching from northern Texas and Louisiana to as far north as Illinois, Indiana, and even Wisconsin.

That’s likely to impact where people decide to live. To help you with that decision, the First Street Foundation created a tool where you can type in your address, or the one of that place you’re thinking about buying, and find out the property’s risks from extreme heat.

If you’re feeling especially apocalyptic, it will show you the risks of flood and fire, too. These extremes could mean the US is about to start experiencing a whole lot more climate migration and a very different real estate market.

“If people move then you have an impact on the tax base and changes to demand for properties and values overall,” First Street Foundation CEO Matthew Eby told CNBC.

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