For America’s birthday, Mother Nature gives California a gift: cool temperatures.

Perhaps Mother Nature was generous for America’s birthday.

Across California, this week of the Fourth of July serves up something truly magical in this era of mega-drought and global warming: lower-than-average summer temperatures.

“‘Comfortable’ is a good word,” said Daniel Harty, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Hanford.

“Typically we say, ‘Expressive heat. Dangerous.’ “And warn about all the dangers of the heat right now. It’s nice not to have that much worry about it.”

Thanks to breezes on land and a low-pressure system parked over Golden State, temperatures that were mild over the holiday weekend are expected to remain that through midweek before gradually warming up next weekend, meteorologists said.

In the Los Angeles area, the holiday weather was the kind that makes suffocating Midwesterners jealous: High in the 70s. Weak wind. Sunny skies during the day.

And clear skies for tonight’s legal and illegal fireworks – or, as Katy Perry’s “Fireworks” song says: Bom, boom, boom / Even brighter than the moon, the moon, the moon.

Burbank had an altitude of 80 degrees on Monday. Downtown Los Angeles reached 77, and Los Angeles International Airport reached 74.

“It’s so nice,” said Kristan Lund, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Oxnard, who described this week’s upcoming weather as “beach days.”

Lund is new to Southland, having moved to the region from the cool, gray Seattle about a year ago. She said with a laugh that she thought it was a little hot. Her colleagues, not so much.

In the state capital, temperatures have been cooler than usual the last few days.

Sacramento had a high temperature of 88 on Monday. The average elevation at this time of year is 93, said Karl Swanberg, a forecaster at the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

In the San Joaquin Valley, it has been practically cold for days with high temperatures in the upper 80s, about 8 to 12 degrees lower than normal, said Harty, who had enjoyed the good weather by hitting tennis balls.

It could come back in the 90s next weekend, with heights around 100 in the region, he said. But it was preferable to talk about the good weather while it lasted, Harty said.

“During the holiday weekends, no one complains,” he said.

The National Weather Service’s Twitter account for the San Diego region was filled with happy emojis all weekend: Smiley faces wearing sunglasses. Starry smiley faces. Party poppers.

A sun. A beach umbrella. And fireworks and American flags, of course.

Although it is usually so swell at this time of year that it has become virtually banal to break heat records, this stretch of fine weather comes two weeks after fatal thunderstorms hit southern California.

A woman and her two dogs were fatally struck by lightning in Pico Rivera on June 22, the country’s first death recorded this year, according to the National Lightning Safety Council.

That same day, a man from Kern County was injured by a lightning strike while walking his dog and pushing a stroller in Ridgecrest.

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