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Unsea­son­able rain and per­haps thun­der­storms were forecast for the area be­gin­ning around 4 a.m. Fri­day.

Rain is mak­ing an un­sea­son­ably late re­turn to San Luis Obispo County, and thun­der­storms are pos­si­ble.

Some places, in­clud­ing Paso Robles and Lopez Lake Recre­ation Area near Ar­royo Grande, could see be­tween three-quar­ters of an inch to an inch of rain on Fri­day, ac­cord­ing to PG&E me­te­o­rol­o­gist John Lindsey.

But Cen­tral Coast ar­eas that are fur­ther in­land, in­clud­ing Shan­don and Cre­ston, are forecast to see about an inch to an inch and a half, Lindsey said.

Ar­eas that are closer to the coast, in­clud­ing San Luis Obispo and Ar­royo Grande, are only ex­pected to re­ceive be­tween a third of an inch to a half an inch of rain, Lindsey said, while Cam­bria and San Simeon are only ex­pected to get about a tenth of an inch.

“It’s kind of a re­verse of what we nor­mally see dur­ing the win­ter,” Lindsey said, not­ing that this is a de­cent amount of rain for May. “For this late in the year, it’s pretty in­ter­est­ing.”

Rain is sup­posed to start at about 4 a.m. Fri­day, with the heaviest rain ex­pected in the late morn­ing, around 10 a.m., Lindsey said.

There’s a chance of thun­der­storms on Fri­day af­ter­noon, Lindsey said. The ar­eas with the high­est chances of see­ing thun­der­storms are in eastern San Luis Obispo County.

The rain is ex­pected to ta­per off by Fri­day night, and it should be mostly dry by Satur­day morn­ing, Lindsey said. Some thun­der­storms could de­velop Satur­day af­ter­noon.

The next chance of rain storms is forecast for next Thurs­day evening into Fri­day, Lindsey said.

Cur­rent forecast mod­els are show­ing 2 inches of rain. If that hap­pens, “this will be one of the heaviest rain events ever to oc­cur in May,” Lindsey said.

How­ever, he cau­tioned that the mod­els are lon­grange and sub­ject to change be­tween now and next week.

“It’s so far down the line, you can’t get too ex­cited about it,” he said.

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