We are officially in the thick of things. The hottest temps (average) get here in mid July and last through about mid August. Our averages are 86 during the day and 67 by night. This 5 week period that runs from July 12th until August 20th is widely known as the "Dog Days of Summer"... but WHY? Some say that it signifies hot sultry days “not fit for a dog,” others suggest it’s the weather in which dogs go mad. The Dog Days of Summer describes the most oppressive period of summer
In the summer, Sirius rises and sets with the Sun. On July 23rd, specifically, it is in conjunction with the Sun, and because the star is so bright, the ancient Romans believed it actually gave off heat and added to the Sun’s warmth, accounting for the long stretch of sultry weather. They referred to this time as diēs caniculārēs, or “dog days.” Obviously the radiation has no impact on our weather, but what did you expect them to think back then?