The Dog Days of Summer
The term “Dog Days” traditionally refers to a period of particularly hot and humid weather occurring during the summer months of July and August in the Northern Hemisphere.
In reality, the term originated in ancient times when Greeks, Egyptians, and Romans believed that the dawn rising of Sirius, the Dog Star, in mid- to late summer contributed to the extreme weather of the season. In the summer, Sirius rises and sets in conjunction with the Sun. Because the star is so bright, ancient Romans believed it actually gave off heat and added to the Sun’s warmth, contributing to the long stretch of hot sultry weather known as diēs caniculārēs or “dog days”.
Celebrate the dog days of summer at Waterloo Park with long, lazy afternoons and warm summer nights spent outside under the stars. Whatever your plans this season, how about sharing the fun with your dog – they are, after all, the ultimate summertime companion!
Check out events part of The Dog Days of Summer below!