The dog days of summer
I think back to when I was kid in the late 70s. I grew up in Yarmouth on the outskirts of town. August would hit along with the heat. Box fans helped circulate the air around the house but it wouldn't cut the heat any. My mother made sun tea and lemonade, fired up the record player and loaded Neil Diamond's live two album set "Hot August Nights" and let 'em spin. I'd play in the yard, get the sprinkler going in order to find some relief with Neil singing in the background through the open windows. Those were the dog days of summer, and that pattern at home was expected when the heat of August arrived.
As of August 1st, we start heading into cooler times as that day is the peak of average high temperatures across the region. While the next few days may feel like an eternity for those without air conditioning, there are signs of a cool down later next week. When that arrives, it will feel like heaven.
A sizzler with a touch of smoke,