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Dry Weekend for Tour de France; Heating up by Bastille Day

Through the weekend, the next stages of the Tour de France are expected to continue to be dry; however, cyclists will be fighting the heat once they travel to southern France.

Stage Eight, starting in Rennes and stretching 181.5 km (112.8 miles) to Mur-de-Bretagne will be dry with sunshine as afternoon highs rise to the lower 20s C (mid-70s F). The same can be said for the time trial (stage nine) taking places on Sunday from Vannes to Plumelec. A few spotty showers will come to the coastlines along the English Channel on Sunday, but the wet weather will remain well north of the race route, bringing only a few more clouds late in the day.

Cyclists will be given a rest day on Monday, allowing them to travel to southern France where stages 10 through 16 will take place before the next full rest day.

The next leg of the race starts on Bastille Day on Tuesday. In the Valleys, including Tarbes where stage 10 will begin, heat will be building, allowing temperatures to soar to near 29 C (85 F) in the afternoon, well above average highs in the low to mid-20s C (mid-70s F).

Because of this, riders and spectators alike should dress accordingly with protective clothing, as well as drink plenty of water.

For the most part, it is expected to remain dry for mountainous stages 10 and 11. However, the increase in elevation in the Pyrenees, particularly during stage 11, could promote a spotty thunderstorm late in the afternoon or in the early evening.

Overall, dry weather is expected to continue across southern France through the next few stages of the Tour de France through the middle of the new week.