By Eric Leister, AccuWeather meteorologist
By Adam Douty, AccuWeather meteorologist
July 2,2017, 11:27:27AM,EDT
After a cool and damp start, hotter and dry weather will plague racers and spectators at the The 104th edition of the Tour de France through midweek.
Stage 3 will take place on Monday from Verviers, Belgium to Longwy, France. High temperatures along the route will be 20-23 C (68-73 F). Dry weather is expected as sunshine mixes with clouds.
To accompany the near-average temperatures, a light breeze will make for a comfortable day. The average high during the beginning of June for the region is near 22 C (73 F).
While temperatures during the beginning of the week will remain comfortable, a ridge of high pressure across eastern France will lead to building heat into the midweek.
By Wednesday, stage 5 of the Tour de France will take place from Vittel to La Planche des Belles Filles with temperature highs close to 30 C (86 F).
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Dry weather will prevail through the first half of the week, but conditions will turn more unsettled by Thursday and Friday. An area of low pressure is expected lead to several days of showers and thunderstorms.
The rain will help to lower temperatures by the weeks end.