Landscapes across Britain are starved of water after parts of England saw their worst July in records dating back to 1836.
Months of low rainfall, combined with record temperatures in July, have resulted in exceptionally low rivers, empty reservoirs and parched soils.
As a result of the arid conditions, parched parts of England are facing a garden hose ban pending another predicted heat wave next week in a bid to conserve water.
The Met Office has warned there is “very little meaningful rain” on the horizon for parched areas of England, as temperatures will soar to the 30s mark next week.
Photos taken before and during the heat wave illustrate the impact of the lack of rain and rising temperatures in recent weeks.