The normally lush, green grass of England’s parks has turned yellow.
Even the location where the powerful River Thames is said to have its origins has dried up for the first time in decades.
The United Kingdom has endured months of hot temperatures and little precipitation.
In England, July of last year was the driest on record since 1935, or almost 90 years.
The environmental agency of the British government has issued a warning that “many sections of England may shift into drought” if the dry weather persists.
Farmers have been severely impacted by the combination of poor rainfall and subsequent heat waves. Crop yields are already declining for some.
Broccoli and Brussels sprouts should be planted now for harvest in the winter, but some farmers are postponing planting the new crop since so much of their land is dry.
While not knowing how much will survive, others are moving on.
Farmers that raise cattle are likewise impacted by the arid circumstances. The grass that cattle should be eating right now has dried up in the pastures where they graze.
Similar to American farmers, many farmers in the UK and Europe are already utilising their winter feed, which might lead to issues later in the year.
Similar problems are plaguing a large portion of the European continent, where dry spells and heat waves have caused canals to dry up, farms to fracture, and wildfires to erupt.
According to the European Drought Observatory, drought warnings or alerts are now in effect across more than 60% of the combined landmass of the EU and the UK.
According to a top scientist with the European Commission, Europe is likely to see the worst drought in 500 years.
In Spain, Portugal, and France, wildfires are charring hundreds of acres of tinder-dry vegetation and obliterating buildings.
It has already been dubbed the “worst catastrophic” drought in French history by government experts.
Authorities there claim that several localities have experienced water shortages, forcing them to depend on water delivered by tanker trucks.
The Rhine River in Germany has plummeted so much in water levels that it is making it more difficult for ships to convey supplies, including coal and gasoline, which the nation urgently needs given the skyrocketing global energy costs.
In order to prevent going aground, certain ships are being required to carry just 25% of their normal cargo load.
According to scientists, heat waves are becoming more often and intense in Europe more quickly than virtually anyplace else on Earth, and they believe that human-induced climate change is a major factor in these shifting weather patterns.