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Dog days of summer explained (with actual dogs)

Posted: 1:41 PM, Aug 12, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-12 17:41:51Z

Over the course of the last few weeks, there have been a number of heat advisories and excessive heat warnings scattered across the United States.

It's a fairly common occurrence in late July and early August.

After all, these are the dog days of summer.

The term first came about when Ancient Greeks and Romans thought a faraway star caused temperatures to become extra hot in mid to late summer.

But now we know that's not the case.

Watch the video above to learn more — and to see more of these dogs.

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