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Scientists Just Released an Absolutely Frightening Weather Prediction for the Middle East

It's no secret that the earth is getting warmer, but in the Middle East and North Africa, it's practically melting.

A new study by Institute for Chemistry and the Cyprus Institute in Nicosia found that the Middle East and North Africa could become so hot that human life may not be able to exist in these regions. And despite the United Nations' goal to reduce the rate of global warming to less than two degrees Celsius, the temperatures in these areas are subject to increase at an alarming rate.

Researchers found that by mid-century, temperatures in these areas could climb to approximately 114 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. But by the end of the century, midday temperatures could reach 122 degrees Fahrenheit.

In addition, there will be longer heat waves. 

During 1986-2005, heat waves in these areas lasted for an average of 16 days. But by mid-century that number will increase to 80 days and then 118 days by the end of the century.

The findings are based on the possibility of two future scenarios: The first, called RCP4.5, is based on the assumption that greenhouse gases will decrease by 2040 and the rate of global warming will increase by 2.5 degrees Celsius. And the second, called RCP8.5, assumes that greenhouse gases will increase continuously and the temperature of the earth will rise by more than four degrees Celsius.

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According to study's researchers, this impact on the weather will affect the habitability of the people in these regions, pushing 500 million people to relocate, according to the Daily Mail.

"Climate change will significantly worsen the living conditions in the Middle East and in North Africa," Jos Lelieveld, one of the study's researchers said in a press release. "Prolonged heat waves and desert dust storms can render some regions uninhabitable, which will surely contribute to the pressure to migrate."

And people thought Death Valley was hot.