The dog days of summer. The ancient Romans actually came up with the term for dog days of summer in reference to Sirius, also called the ‘dog star’, which is the brightest star in the summer sky found in the Canis Major constellation. From about July 24 to August 24 was thought to be an evil time; the dog star shone so bright it was believed to give off heat and was the cause of the hot weather.

The Farmers’ Almanac refers to the dog days of summer as the 40 days from July 3 to August 11, when we have the least amount of rain in the Northern Hemisphere. Whatever and whenever, these dog days are wicked hot and you’ll find most dogs and people lying around if they are able to do so.