What are the “Dog Days of Summer”?

We've all heard of the "dog days of summer"…but is there an actual meaning behind this? The answer, is yes!

Origin of "Dog Days"

According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, "[t]he phrase 'Dog Days' conjures up the hottest, most sultry days of summer." It has also been noted that the Greeks believed the heat of late summer was actually brought on by the appearance of Sirius, a star in the constellation that the later Romans and we today refer to as Canis Major, literally the "greater dog" constellation.

In the summer, Sirius, the "dog star," rises and sets with the sun. During late July Sirius is in conjunction with the sun, and the ancients believed that it's heat added to the heat of the sun, creating a stretch of hot and sultry weather.

When are the "Dog Days"

The "dog days of summer" occur during the hottest and muggiest part of the season. In Ancient Rome, the Dog Days ran from July 24 through August 24, or, alternatively, from July 23 through August 23. The Old Farmer's Almanac lists the traditional period of the Dog Days as the 40 days beginning July 3 and ending August 11, which coincides with the rising of the Dog Star, Sirius. And Webster defines the Dog Days as the period between early July and early September, when the hot sultry weather of summer usually occurs in the northern hemisphere.

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