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A Mixed Weekend Rounds off an 'Average Summer'

by JON MITCHELL
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Stormy sky over Lockwood Huddersfield Credit: Photo: SEAN COLLINDRIDGE

After a dry and warm start, summer 2014 is set to end on a rather average note – with temperatures and rainfall close to normal levels for the season.

Using figures up to 27 August and then assuming average conditions for the final few days of the month, Met Office statistics show the UK mean temperature for this summer will be around 14.8C. This is just 0.5C above the long term average (1981-2010).

Rainfall overall is close to average, with the UK having seen 246.7mm of rain – which is just over the long-term average of 241.0mm. Rainfall from the final few days of August will add to this number, so overall the summer will be slightly wetter than average.

As ever when looking over a whole season, the statistics mask some big variations between each month.

June and July were both characterised by drier and warmer than average conditions across the UK which meant the summer was already one of the best we’ve seen in recent years.

August UK rainfall as a percentage of the long-term average
Map showing August UK rainfall as a percentage of the long-term (1981-2010) average for the month Credit: Met Office

August bucked that trend, however, with cooler and wetter than average weather. Taken together, this has led to the fairly average final statistics for summer.

Looking specifically at the early August figures, also released today, the UK mean temperature up to the 27th of the month is 13.8C which is 1.1C below the long-term average. This ranks it as currently the coolest August since 1993, but that could change when the final few days of the month are added.

August is also the first month since November 2013 to have been cooler than average, breaking an eight month run.

In terms of rainfall, August has been much wetter than average, with 127.1mm of rain which is 142% of the long-term average (89.5mm). This makes it the 18th wettest August in the records, but it may climb higher when the figures for the whole month are available.

What's in store this weekend? Saturday will see sunny spells and showers, the showers most frequent in Pennine areas, the best of the sunshine will be towards the east coast. It'll feel quite cool in the breeze with a high of 19ºC. Sunday will be a fine and dry day with sunny spells. There will be less wind too, so it will feel slightly warmer with a high of 20ºC Whatever you are doing, have a great weekend. JON MITCHELL

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Leeds United's Hockaday experiment comes to abrupt end

Leeds' experiment with David Hockaday ended after just six games on Thursday as owner Massimo Cellino sacked his head coach.

Hockaday has been sacked by Leeds President Massimo Cellino
Hockaday has been sacked by Leeds President Massimo Cellino Credit: Press Association

Fifty-six-year-old Hockaday was a shock appointment by the Italian on June 19 and now, 10 weeks later, he has lost his job.

Hockaday, who listed Forest Green as his only managerial experience prior to taking the Leeds job, has lost four of his six games in charge.

His end comes the day after an embarrassing 2-1 defeat to Bradford in the Capital One Cup and four days after Cellino backed out of a decision to sack him in the wake of a 4-1 humbling at Watford.

Cellino said at the time that he had chosen to blame himself and not Hockaday, but the man known in Italy as the 'manager eater' has now pulled the trigger for a third time since arriving in Yorkshire in January.

Hockaday's assistant, Junior Lewis, has also lost his job and Neil Redfearn will lead the team against Bolton on Saturday.

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Neil Redfearn to take temporary charge of Leeds United

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BREAKING: Neil Redfearn will take charge of the first team until a permanent replacement is appointed #lufc

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BREAKING: David Hockaday’s assistant Junior Lewis, who arrived with Hockaday on June 19, will also leave his position at the club. #lufc

Cellino: Keeping Hockaday after Watford was the wrong decision

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Massimo Cellino said: “I’d like to thank David for his efforts over the last two and a half months" #lufc

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MC: "but the results since the start of the season have meant we needed to act and make this decision."

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MC: “After the defeat at Bradford I realised that my decision to keep David at the club following the defeat at Watford was wrong"

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MC continued: "and I had to change my mind on the coaches position. As a club we will now begin our search for a new head coach.” #lufc

Leeds United sack David Hockaday after just 70 days in charge

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BREAKING: Leeds United can confirm that David Hockaday's contract at the club has been terminated with immediate effect #lufc

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Massimo Cellino said: “I’d like to thank David for his efforts over the last two and a half months" #lufc

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BREAKING: David Hockaday’s assistant Junior Lewis, who arrived with Hockaday on June 19, will also leave his position at the club. #lufc

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