When i was growing up in Concord, my hometown, I remember that every August my grandmother would complain about the “dog days” of summer. She described it as weather so hot, even the dogs just wanted to do nothing but lie around. I sure feels like that around here the last few weeks. Get the real story about the term, the true story and the film about the true story. STay cool!
Of course as I got older, I wanted to know more and assumed there was a bit more to it than that. I mean there has to be when Al Pacino starred in a movie called “Dog Day Afternoon”.
The Romans sacrificed a brown dog at the beginning of the Dog Days to appease the rage of Sirius, believing that the star was the cause of the hot, sultry weather. In modern times, the term refers to those hot, sleepy afternoons when dogs (and people) prefer to lay around and languish in the summer heat.
From Wikipedia Below (full link here)
The dog days or dog days of summer are the hot, sultry days of summer. They were historically the period following the heliacal rising of the star system Sirius, which Greek and Roman astrology connected with heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck. They are now taken to be the hottest, most uncomfortable part of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.