Bertha, the second hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, isn’t expected to have any significant impact on local weather. However, later this week, a cold front could bring downpours to the Aiken area.


After crossing the southeastern Bahamas on Sunday as a tropical storm, Bertha became a hurricane on Monday.


“It looks like Bertha is going to move northeast, away from the Bahamas, and pass about midway between the East Coast and Bermuda,” Whitney Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Columbia, said Monday afternoon. “The hurricane is going to be pretty far off our coast, so we’re not really expecting precipitation from that around Aiken.”


The chance of rain in Aiken today is less than 15 percent, and it is less than 10 percent on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.


“We’ve got drier air that is moving in,” Smith said.


Forecasters are calling for mostly sunny or mostly clear conditions today, Wednesday and Thursday. The high temperature today is expected to be around 89 degrees. On Wednesday and Thursday, the highs will be in the 90s.


The likelihood of rain will increase near the end of the week.


“We are going to have a cold front that will stall across the region and linger,” Smith said. “That will be our main weathermaker for the weekend. There will be a potential for heavy rainfall. It looks like we could be in that wetter weather pattern through (next Monday).”


The chance of showers and thunderstorms are 50 percent on both Friday and Saturday. Temperatures are expected to rise to 89 degrees on Friday and 87 degrees on Saturday.


Dede Biles is a general assignment reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since January 2013. A native of Concord, N.C., she is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.