Dog Days

July is the month when summer has a firm hold on all of us. The average temperature just about everywhere is above 70 degrees F, with 80s and 90s even more common in the South and Southwest. 

Thunderstorms are nearly as abundant as ants at a picnic, and the hot, sultry time known as the Dog Days has begun—and lasts 40 days, from July 3 through August 11.

Named for the Dog Star, Sirius, which rises and sets with the Sun during this time, the Dog Days are associated with uncomfortable levels of heat and humidity.

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