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Flag-waving weather: Skies should be clear for 4th of July

July 3, 2012 | 10:23 am

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Aside from a few lingering clouds at the beach in the morning and evening, Southern California skies for the 4th of July should be clear and temperatures should be warm, experts said Tuesday.

The highs should be in the 70s at the beaches and 80s inland, the National Weather Service said.

Weather specialist Bonnie Bartling said the only hitch could be clouds that move in and out at the beaches starting around 6 p.m., making fireworks along the coast a little hard to see.  

MAP: Where to see Fourth of July fireworks

“Historically, it sort of gets icky when it’s time for the fireworks if they’re at the beach,” Bartling said. “But then you have sulfur in the air anyway, so it looks like clouds.”

Bartling said the afternoon should be clear, and she has a simple message for those with plans to celebrate America’s birthday.

“Go for it,” she said. “The temperatures are reasonable temperatures. We can’t help that people are spoiled in California.”


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Photo: Heather Cunningham of Huntington Beach, holds son Dane, 4, along Main Street for the 2011 July 4th parade in Huntington Beach. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times