A hot, dry summer has left German rivers and lakes at record low water levels, causing issues for the inland shipping industry, environmental damage and billions of euros in losses.
Farm leaders gathered in Edinburgh for an emergency meeting over the looming shortage of feed and fodder for livestock this autumn and winter.
Thousands of Moray residents are being offered free bottles of drinking water after concerns that those with private water supplies are running dry.
Conditions in Scotland’s potato fields are fast approaching those experienced during the infamous drought of 1976, when yields crashed, scarcity created demand and prices rocketed to an unprecedented £300/tonne.
Highland Council has issued advice to owners of private water supplies and landlords of tenants on private water supplies that the provision of water to their properties is their own responsibility.
The hot, dry weather is causing concern for cereals and potato producers in Scotland, but in parts of central Europe and Scandinavia farmers are warning of the catastrophic consequences of a severe drought.
Arable farmers in central Scotland are taking unprecedented steps to save their crops after weeks of drought has left light soils parched.
October's arrival means that another season has passed with barely a drop falling, leaving communities in the outback desperate and vulnerable as they face the imminent return of the relentless summer heat which can top 40C.