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Weather: Humidity returns this weekend

After a few dry days, this weekend will spell a return to rainy, humid weather.

"It's going to feel pretty typical for us for August," Bay News 9 Meteorologist Juli Marquez said.

As moisture comes back to the air, rain chances throughout Tampa Bay will increase, Marquez said. Friday will carry a 40 percent chance of rain in inland areas, although that chance will only be about 20 percent along the coast. Saturday's rain chance will be 50 percent, and Sunday's will be 60 percent.

Rain will roll in primarily in the afternoons and evenings, Marquez said.

Highs will hover in the low 90s to high 80s and lows will be in the high 70s overnight.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Bertha became the season's second name storm when it picked up strength Thursday night. It was located more than 100 miles east of Barbados Friday morning and was moving west-northwest at about 20 mph with wind speeds of 45 mph.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and other nearby islands as Tropical Storm Bertha approaches the Caribbean.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for Babados, St. Lucia, Dominica, Vieques and Culebra. A tropical storm watch is in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The storm was not expected to impact Florida. Its predicted path will begin to curve east of the Bahamas.

"That track will keep it east of Florida this weekend," Marquez said.

This report included information from the Associated Press.

Weather: Humidity returns this weekend 08/01/14 [Last modified: Friday, August 1, 2014 10:55am]
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