Beating the Heat of the Dog Days

We are officially in the depths of summer, also known as the dog days of summer. This summer has been one for the books, in more ways than one, and this includes the consecutive days of heat and humidity throughout the tri state area and globally. 2020 could likely be one of the warmest years on record.

The months of July and August have come to be referred to as the dog days for several reasons. According to the official website of the Farmers’ Almanac, some say the dry heat and droughts that are common during this time period are “not fit for a dog” while others say it is weather that causes dogs to go mad; however, the title actually came to be because the Sun occupies the same region of the sky as the bright star Sirius. Sirius is part of the constellation Canis Major or the Greater Dog.

Here are some tips for combatting the current heat:

  1. Stay Hydrated – drink lots of water and take water bottles with you when you go out

  2. Eat Fresh Foods – foods such as salads and cold fruits contain more water and are refreshing

  3. Stay in the Shade – wear a hat or take an umbrella if you are out for a long period of time

  4. Dress Down – wear lightweight, light colored and loose fitting clothes

  5. Rest – Make sure you get rest in a cool room if you feel tired from the heat

  6. Stay Safe – Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car

a dog relaxing on the carpet