The Dog Days of Summer…
The hot, sultry days of summer are upon us. Historically, this was the period following the rising of the star Sirius, the dog star, brightest star in the constellation Canis Major.
In Greek and Roman astrology this star was connected with heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms and lethargy. The dog days of summer are now taken to mean the hottest, most uncomfortable part of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. You know the ones. The days where it’s too hot to think and where it seems like the sun will never set. Kids are getting a bit restless – the excitement of no school has worn off and now there are just a lot of questions about snacks and sleep overs and way too much whining about being bored.
Some tips on where to be and what to do during these sultry days of summer:
- Screened in, covered porch with big fans to keep the air moving.
- Move indoors to air conditioning
- Get your walk/run/exercise in early in the morning.
- Beach it. If you are lucky enough to live close to a beach…the best days to spend there are when the wind is off the ocean. Check your local weather to see if the wind is out of the east which means cool air off the Atlantic ocean and no bugs coming from the hot eastern land breezes.
- Pool and water sports like slip and slide, water balloon piñata’s and water balloon fights.
- Misters and fans on your outdoor deck.
- Get really creative and go to a water park or an ice skating rink.
- Just try to Stay Cool.