July could be going to the dogs!
What a grand way to beat the summer heat! Gabe Sherwood and the newest family member Mazie on the Belleisle Bay, near Hatfield's Point NB.
Published Wednesday, July 5, 2017 11:36AM ADT
Last Updated Wednesday, July 5, 2017 12:27PM ADT
It’s a beauty out there! The sun is shining, the wind is light and temperatures are expected to climb into the mid-twenties, away from the water of course. The humidity is slowly starting to creep up especially in New Brunswick. There, I expect humidex readings in the low thirties tomorrow. So, are theses the Dog Days of Summer?
I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, but what does it mean? The phrase Dog Days or "the dog days of summer", refers to the hottest, most sultry days of summer. The phrase is used around the world. Ancient Romans believe them to be the 40 days beginning July 3 and ending August 11th.
The term "Dog Days" was also used by the Greeks, who called these days “caniculares dies” or days of the dogs, after Sirius, the "Dog Star" known as Canicula, in Latin. The Dog days come when the Dog Star begins to line up with our Sun – that’s known as a conjunction. It was thought long ago that when the Dog Star aligned with the Sun that they combined their energy to make the weather even hotter. Of course, we now know that no Star could do that since stars are very far away
Dog Days were popularly believed to be an evil time "when the seas boiled, wine turned sour and dogs grew mad”.
Seek shade, drink lots of water and keep yourself and your dogs cool ;)