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Dog Days of Summer in full swing

Dog Days of Summer (Source: WAFF viewer) Dog Days of Summer (Source: WAFF viewer)
The forecast tells us it will be a hot and humid week, which makes sense considering we are in the "Dog Days of Summer."

So where did this phrase come from?

The Romans referred to the dog days as dies caniculares and associated the hot weather with the star Sirius. They considered Sirius to be the "Dog Star" because it is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog). Sirius is also the brightest star in the night sky.

The Dog Days originally were the days when Sirius rose just before or at the same time as the sun (heliacal rising). The Romans sacrificed a red dog in April to appease the rage of Sirius, believing that the star was the cause of the hot, sultry weather.

In Ancient Rome, the Dog Days ran from July 24 to August 24.

Since the Dog Days are here, everyone has been embracing it and celebrating with their dogs of summer! 

If you're celebrating, let us know by sending pictures to pix@waff.com.

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