WHAT ARE THE “DOG DAYS OF SUMMER”?

Do the Dog Days of Summer actually have anything to do with dogs or the Greeks and Romans? You might be familiar with this phrase that pops up every summer, but what does it really mean? We are here to help you find the answer to that question and clear up any confusion.

Although the idea that even dogs don’t want to lay out on the pavement during the “Dog Days of Summer,” might sound like the right idea, this period of time actually has nothing to do with dogs at all. Even though your pets might want to stay inside for these hot summer days, their instance of staying cool indoors is not the reason for the name “Dog Days of Summer.”

Another common thought is that the Greeks and Romans believed that when Sirius appeared to rise above the sun, it created the “Dog Days,” and these days were notoriously the hottest days of the year. This idea was carried on for many years, but unfortunately, the Greeks and Romans had it wrong. The “Dog Days of Summer” do not have anything to do with Sirius and the Greeks and Romans.

So, you might be asking, ‘what are the “Dog Days of Summer” really?’ Here at Jordan Air, we have the answer for you! The Dog Days of Summer happen during the summer months, mostly in August, when the tilt of the earth causes the sun’s beams to hit the northern hemisphere at a more direct angle. The sun’s beams then hit the northern hemisphere for a longer period of time, resulting in longer, hotter days in the summer months. This creates the “Dog Days of Summer.”

And now you know what the “Dog Days of Summer” really are.

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Olivia McDonald