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Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Weatherlore: Dog Days are Over

In years gone by, the weeks from 3rd July to 11th, August were regarded as the hottest time of the year. They were known as ‘Dog Days’ because the period coincides with the rise of ‘Sirius’, the ‘dog star’, hence the name.
‘As the Dog Days commence,
So they end’.
However, like the poor weather we have been having for the last few weeks. If it rains on first dog day (July 3rd), it will rain for 40 days after.
Dog days bright and clear
indicate a happy year;
But when accompanied by rain,
For better times our hopes are vain

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