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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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