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Rain likely to dampen Central Coast stage of Amgen Tour of California

Courtney Winters, City of Pismo Beach

What a difference a year makes.

In 2014, record-breaking heat hit the Amgen Tour of California participants during their stops in San Luis Obispo County.

The mercury soared above 100 degrees in many locations during Stage 4. Records show there were 90s along the coast as the riders sailed into Cambria.

The next morning, as they left the Pismo Beach Pier, temperatures were back up to the 90 degree mark again.

This year, riders are in for a much different scene, as the forecast calls for rain and well-below normal temperatures.

Wednesday calls for a heavy marine layer with misty coastal conditions as riders take off from the Pismo Pier.

The National Weather Service is calling for up to an inch of rain on Thursday and Friday, with most of that falling Thursday morning along the Central Coast, just as riders are starting Stage 5 in Santa Barbara.

The initial band of heavy rain is expected to be followed by a mass of unstable air that could produce more showery weather through Friday throughout Southern California.