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Tampa Bay may see return to clockwork weather patterns this weekend

It looks as if, this weekend, Tampa Bay residents may finally be able to emerge from their arks.

The weekend forecast calls for drier conditions — at least compared to the soaking of the last few weeks — and perhaps even a return to normal rain patterns, WTSP 10Weather meteorologist Bobby Deskins said.

"You could expect the kind of stuff you could set your watch to," he said.

Deskins predicted a 40 to 50 percent chance of rain today followed by a 60 percent chance on Saturday. Possible showers along the coast Friday are expected to drift inland. On Saturday evening, thunderstorms are expected to give way to partly cloudy skies, with the possibility of more rain.

High temperatures are expected to top out at 91 degrees.

But provided the influx of flood conditions the past two weeks, Tampa crews say they have been working overtime to repair potholes and wastewater cave-ins that emerged.

"The amount of rainfall over the last two weeks has severely (impacted) our roadways causing hundreds of potholes and undermined our aging utility pipes," Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn in a statement. "As rain approaches today, residents should remember to be cognizant when driving, and if you see something in the roadway, report the issue to us."