Parched Britain: Aerial photos reveal the impact of days of blazing hot sunshine on the scorched countryside - as the 88F heatwave causes water shortages in parts of the UK

Mail Online | 7/1/2018 | Connor Boyd For Mailonline
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Shocking aerial shots have revealed the impact of the sizzling sunshine on the land as Britain experiences its longest heatwave since 1976.

Patches of scorched grass could be seen right across the countryside in photographs taken above South Woodham Ferrers in Chelmsford, Essex.

Images - Landscapes - Areas - Swathes - Greenery

Images showed vast desert-like landscapes in areas that would normally be filled with swathes of greenery.

Meadows normally green and vibrant have been turned to shades of yellow and brown.

Swingers - Festival - Worcestershire - Images - Tents

A secretive swingers' festival is currently underway in Worcestershire - and aerial images show tents being set up on patches of parched grass.

Photographs show some of the kinky equipment set up on the dried out grass at the Swingfields event.

Land - Blazing - Heat - Emergency - Water

It's not just the land that's drying up in the blazing heat as emergency water supplies had to be driven into Manchester after locals reported a shortage.

Twelve tankers were spotted on the side of the road in Crewe, Cheshire, waiting to be filled up.

Consumers - Steps - Amount - Water

Consumers are being urged to take simple steps to reduce the amount of water they use.

Top tips include taking a shorter shower, not leaving the taps running and re-using paddling pool water for plants in the garden.

Households - Water - Treatment - Works - Areas

Households are using water faster than it can be supplied through treatment works in some areas.

But many reservoirs around England and Wales are still around 80 per cent capacity so there is not yet a shortage.

Week - Year - Temperatures - Highs

This week has been the hottest of the year so far with temperatures hitting highs of 88F (31C).

The heatwave has caused lettuce shortages because conditions are too hot for the crop and Northern Ireland has been the subject of the UK's first hosepipe ban in six years as millions flocked to seafronts all over England.

Ban - Year - UK - Water - Companies

The first hosepipe ban of the year has hit the UK, with water companies asked customers...
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