The number of days a year that somewhere on Earth became 50 degrees Celsius or warmer has almost doubled since the 1980s, the

BBC

reports

based on its own research.

Moreover, the extremely high temperatures are being reached in more and more places on earth.

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Between 1980 and 2009 it became warmer than 50 degrees Celsius on average for fourteen days a year somewhere on Earth.

Between 2010 and 2019, that number rose to 26 days a year.

In every intervening decade, there has been an increase in the number of extremely hot days.

In addition, the average maximum temperature worldwide increased by half a degree.

The 45 degrees Celsius limit was also achieved more often.

Between 2010 and 2019, it turned out that two weeks a year was more common.

Researchers blame increased use of fossil fuels

Temperatures above 50 degrees Celsius are mainly found in the Middle East and in the Gulf countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, according to the research.

The researchers attribute the increase in the number of extremely hot days "100 percent" to the use of fossil fuels.

This summer, Italy and Canada recorded heat records of almost 50 degrees Celsius.

Scientists warn that other areas could also be affected by these high temperatures if the use of fossil fuels does not decrease.

According to a study by the American Rutgers University, 1.2 billion people will be affected by extreme weather around the year 2100.

That's four times what it is today.

Also wildfires and extreme drought are more likely due to extreme heat.

See also: More damage, fewer deaths: can we adapt to climate disasters?

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