Dog Days

Ahh the Dog Days of Summer

I always thought that the “Dog days of Summer” referred to the last days of great Seattle weather, walking without rain, hanging at the dog park without mud you know what I mean.

But no….. the expression refers to the hot days of summer originally around the areas of the Mediterranean Sea and into other areas of the Northern Hemisphere. The coincidence of very warm temperatures in the early civilizations in North Africa with the rising, at sunrise of Orion’s dog, the dog star Sirius led to the association of this phrase to these conditions.

In geographical areas and with other globally latitude and climate, the dog days of summer are commonly experienced in the months of July and August; in the Southern Hemisphere the same happens in the months of February and March.

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