Parched Britain: Aerial photos reveal the impact of days of blazing hot sunshine on the countryside – as 88F heatwave causes water shortages in parts of the UK
- Photographs show the impact the heatwave is having on Britain’s countryside with many fields left scorched
- Aerial shot of London’s Hyde Park shows the grass dry and yellow compared to the same photo taken in 2005
- This comes as twelve water tankers were called in after dozens of households in Manchester ran out of supply
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 showed vast desert-like landscapes in areas that would normally be filled with swathes of greenery.
Before and after: An aerial image of a vibrant Hyde Park in 2005 (left) and a photo from Thursday showing the grass looking completely dried out (right)
Aerial shots of Britain show the impact that days of sizzling sunshine have had on the land
Parched: An aerial photograph of South Woodham Ferrers in Chelmsford, Essex, show much of the land dried out after this year’s heatwave
Before: Images taken above South Woodham Ferrers in Chelmsford, Essex, last year show swathes of greenery
Parched patches of grass resemble desert-like landscapes following days of sizzling sunshine
Meadows normally green and vibrant have been turned to shades of yellow and brown.
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.
An aerial view of the site of Europe’s biggest sex festival, Swingfields, which is entering its second day
An aerial view of the site in Worcestershire where the sex festival is taking place in secluded fields that have been dried out by the blazing sun
Pictured: Grass was parched on the clifftops at Durley Chine beach in Dorset last week
A Londoner walks her dogs on parched grass in Hyde Park yesterday afternoon when temperatures hit 88F
A woman soaks up rays as she sunbathes on parched grass in Hyde Park in central London yesterday
A couple enjoy the heatwave in London’s Hyde Park yesterday where the ground looked visibly dry and brown
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 are being urged to take simple steps to reduce the amount of water they use.
Water tankers line up on the side of the road in Crewe, Cheshire, waiting to be filled up
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Top tips include taking a shorter shower, not leaving the taps running and re-using paddling pool water for plants in the garden.
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.
Up to 100,000 people flocked to Bournemouth beach today as scorching temperatures continued to fuel the heatwave
People throw themselves into the sea in Brighton as they take the chance to cool off from the hot weather that continues to sweep across the UK
Scorching temperatures are set to continue this weekend as millions of Brits head out to enjoy the sun at the country’s parks and beaches. Crowds are pictured at Brighton beach
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.
The first hosepipe ban of the year has hit the UK, with water companies asked customers in Northern Ireland not to use hosepipes or water sprinklers as the heatwave continues.
People cool down in Warleigh Weir as the heatwave continues to sweep across the country after a slightly cloudy start in western areas this morning
Sunbathers took the chance to cool down in Warleigh Weir this afternoon as the hot weather across the UK continues
Northern Ireland Water imposed its hosepipe ban at 6pm last night and Severn Trent Water has also asked people to be ‘careful with their water’.
Before that the most recent ban was imposed across southern and eastern England back in 2012 due to widespread droughts.
Engine Pool fishing lake in Earlswood, Worcestershire is abnormally low due to the hot weather as Northern Ireland receives the UK’s first hosepipe ban in six years
The water shortages come as emergency services work tirelessly to tackle a huge inferno in the Greater Manchester countryside, while flames still ravage Saddleworth Moor 35 miles away.
Burning temperatures as high as 88F (31C) have also seen multiple blazes break out across the Welsh Valleys and near Inverness in Scotland.
Firefighters have been desperately battling wildfires on Winter Hill, Horwich and Scout Road near Bolton for days, but declared a ‘major incident’ this afternoon as they failed to keep them from spreading.
Fire crews are dealing with three separate fires on Maerdy Mountain in the Welsh Valleys (pictured) with helicopter firing water in a bid to keep them under control
In Slochd, 20 miles from Inverness, 9,000 litres of water were used to stop flames (pictured) ravaging scrubland there
Nobody has been reported injured in either blaze but wildlife experts have anticipated ‘a decade of damage’ and the deaths of hundreds of animals.
The Army has been drafted in to contain flames on Saddleworth Moor, which are believed to have been caused by discarded cigarette ends.
Dramatic images show the devastating extent of the damage, as thick black smoke still billows across the skyline.
The Army has been drafted in to contain flames 35 miles away from Winter Hill on Saddleworth Moor, which are believed to have been caused by discarded cigarette ends
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Three separate fires have broken out across Maerdy Mountain in Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales
Wild fire at Slochd (about 20 miles outh of Inverness), which is close to the A9, is pictured on Saturday afternoon
Greater Manchester Police said in a statement today: ‘A major incident has been declared as the fires on Winter Hill and Scout Road near Bolton have merged.
‘We strongly urge motorists and pedestrians to adhere to all road closure signs as they are there for your safety.’
One man has been arrested on suspicion of starting the fire on Winter Hill, an hour’s drive away from Saddleworth.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said it had around 120 personnel battling wildfires in seven areas between Tameside to the east of the city, and the Winter Hill area to the northwest.
In Slochd, 20 miles from Inverness, 9,000 litres of water were used to stop flames ravaging scrubland there.
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