Ever heard about “Dog Days“? 🙂 This expression is used for the hottest days of summer, a period of 40 days between July and August when temperatures are incredibly high and rainfall is at its lowest levels.
It was the Romans who were responsible for this name. They in fact called this period of extremely hot weather the “diēs caniculārēs ” because they believed that the star Sirius, the brightest star of the constellation Canis Major (hence the reference to the “dog”), and also the brightest star of the universe as we see it, was somehow responsible for the hot weather in this period. They also sacrificed a brown dog to the “Dog Star” in order to appease it!!!