The dog days of summer are definitely in full force here in Minnesota, with temperatures in the 90s expected for most of this week.
We associate the phrase “dog days” with the hottest part of the summer — days marked by pool parties, parish festivals and lazy, leisurely weekends.
But did you ever wonder where the phrase “dog days” originated?
It’s connected to the star Sirius — located in the constellation Canis Major (the “Big Dog”) and nicknamed the Dog Star.
Sirius is normally the brightest star in the night sky. But in July to about mid-August, it rises with the sun. The ancients believed (wrongly, of course) that the extra heat generated by this bright star added to the sun’s output, leading to hotter summer days.
So if anyone complains to you about the heat this week, tell them to blame it on the dog.