Satellite images have shown how the heat wave and the drought in the United Kingdom have changed its appearance.
A photo taken in May shows the country in green, but another image shows it reduced to a shade of brown.
The longest heat period that Britain has recorded in 42 years was only 47 mm of precipitation from 1 June to 16 July.
It is the driest beginning of the summer on the modern discs of 1961.
The UK could see its hottest summer this year when temperatures above average continue, according to Met Office.
Although the rest of the summer is average, it will certainly be among the 10 hottest summers in the world, according to the National Meteorological Service.
However, a spokesman for Met Office warned: "It is important to remember that we are only half-season and that much can change".
The heat wave has led to a level of sinking water in a reservoir in Dartmoor, Devon. Unveiling a "drowned village" that has been lost for more than a century.
He also exhibited previously unknown or long-hidden profiles of various archaeological sites from ancient fortifications to World War II remains throughout the country.
While the UK is largely sunny on Thursday, the Met Office warned that the afternoon rain will flow to the northwest of Scotland.
Friday is cloudy with rains north and west and perhaps thunderstorms in the south-east.
On weekends it becomes drier and brighter.