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<EM>Q: What does the term "dog days of summer" mean?</EM>

"Dog days" is the name for the hottest, most humid period of summer in northern temperate latitudes. Named in ancient times by observers living in the Mediterranean region, the period refers to the days when the dog star, Sirius, rises simultaneously with the sun. The dates are now reckoned from about July 3 to Aug. 11.

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