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The Origin of the "Dog Days" of Summer

With summer officially beginning last Monday, June 20th, we're moving closer and closer to the "dog days" of summer - the hottest and most humid days of the year.

The next two weeks of weather is expected to have highs in the upper 80's and into the 90's with a lot of humidity.

So what is the origin of the term "dog days" of summer?

According to Wilstar.com, the origin relates to the constellations. Specifically Canis major and the brightest star in the sky, Sirius. 

Sirius is so bright that the Romans believed it provided the extra heat in the summer, so now you know the short origin of the term!

To get the whole story visit http://wilstar.com/dogdays.htm.