Fair warning. The next person who asks me, “Is it HOT enough for you?” or says, “Man, it’s HOT!” will get a blast from my fully loaded water gun. I keep it nearby because it’s so hot and I use it to cool down! In fact, this time of year has its own official moniker – The Dog Days of Summer.
According to Space.com, “Some will say that summer’s ‘dog days’ signify hot sultry days ‘not fit for a dog,’ while others suggest it’s the weather in which dogs go mad. But the ‘dog days’ are actually defined as the period when the Dog Star, Sirius, rises in conjunction (or nearly so) with the sun.” Here’s a map to show where Sirius is found at sunrise.