Before-and-after Nasa satellite photos show how the UK has dried out

The UK’s green and pleasant land is turned into a sea of ​​brown and yellow in striking satellite imagery that shows how dry conditions in the country have become.

Nasa Worldview shots from Wednesday show scorched fields extending across much of southern and central England, reaching up the north-east coast towards Scotland.

Weeks after the nation sizzled in 40 ° C heat, parks, fields and farms still bear the signs of its impact – with grass deprived of rain yet to make a recovery.

Click and drag left to right in circle below to see how the UK has been transformed by the weather this year, from March to August.

The UK on 26 March this year (left) and 10 August this year (Imagery: Nasa Worldview)

The image from this August, above right, stands in contrast to one from a year ago, below, when there was plenty of cloud cover, temperatures were milder, and there was plenty of rain to keep the grass green.

A snapshot of the UK on 22 July, 2021 (Photo: Nasa Worldview)

Firefighters have warned that the dry conditions are perfect for blazes to spread – with the public urged to avoid bonfires and barbeques to minimize the risk amid an “unprecedented number of large grassland fires”.

London’s Fire Commissioner Andy Roe said that the dry spell “has left grassland like a tinderbox and increases the chances of a fire”.

Hosepipe bans have been imposed across a swathe of England and Wales as natural water sources and reservoirs dry up in the heat.

Dozens of rivers and waterways are facing “exceptionally low” water levels, according to the Environment Agency – while eight water companies have enacted statory drought plans.

Environment Secretary George Eustice held a crunch meeting with water bosses on Wednesday to discuss how water supplies in dwindling reservoirs can be conserved.

He said: “All water companies have reassured me that water supplies remain resilient across the country. Each company has a pre-agreed drought plan which they are following, and I have urged them to take any precautionary steps needed to protect essential supplies as we go into a likely very dry autumn.

“We are better prepared than ever before for periods of dry weather, with a system that is working well to manage water usage, protect the environment and maintain water supplies for the public and critical sectors.

“We will continue to actively monitor the situation, working alongside partners including the Environment Agency.”

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