This time of the year, you’ll hear lots of people mention “dog days”.

The name comes from the ancient belief that Sirius, the Dog Star, which used to hang low in the sky during the summer months, helped contribute to the Sun’s intense heat.

In the northern hemisphere, ‘dog days” usually fall between early July and early September. In the southern hemisphere, they’re usually between January and early March.

The actual dates vary greatly from region to region, and country to country, depending on latitude and local climate.

Today, they’re typically referred to as “the 40 hottest days of the year”.

But in this area of the country, we have a LOT more than 40!

For example, Dothan averages at least 93 degrees each day for 55 days in a row – from June 25th to August 18th.

Historically, our 9 hottest days of the year are right in the middle of those 55 – from July 19th to July 27th, we average 94 degrees each day!

So although you may read or hear from various sources that Dog Days run from July 3 to August 11, or from July 28th through September 5th, for us, it’s the 55 days from June 25th through August 18.