Tour de France fans may escape the rain when the big race hits town.

Huddersfield weather expert Paul Stevens has predicted that forecast rain may now not hit the town until mid afternoon on Sunday - after the riders have raced through.

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And for the tens of thousands expected to line the route, there could be blue skies and sunshine.

Mr Stevens, who will be watching at Ainley Top, said: “Saturday may start with some rain but that should clear up by midday and for the rest of the day it will be bright, sunny and warm, ideal for those heading to the big event in St George’s Square to watch the race on screens.

“On Sunday, when the race comes through Huddersfield, there is every chance that the rain sweeping in won’t reach us until mid afternoon. The morning will be dry and sunny and by early afternoon temperatures may hit 19° C. People should be aware of that and perhaps also take a brolly as they make their way home”.

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