We are officially in the dog days of summer, and in this week's edition of AccuWeather LIVE we will explain where that phrase comes from. We will also host a representative with the New England Aquarium to discuss the biggest water concerns for beachgoers, focusing on how the warmer waters of summer impact shark and jellyfish populations. Though fatalities from sharks are rare, there are 50 to 100 shark attacks per year globally. Sharks are becoming more common in unfamiliar waters, with the number of shark sightings on northern beaches increasing.
Another important consideration to make during the summer months is for pets. We'll discuss ways to help your pets beat the heat this summer. Dogs and cats are unable to cool themselves the way people can. As Kirsten Theisen, the director of Pet Care Issues for the Humane Society of the United States, puts it, "Dogs and cats pant through their mouths. Obviously, that means moisture has to leave and if they are breathing very wet air themselves, it's harder for them to cool off through panting or the pads of their feet."
So while it is crucial for pets to not be left in a hot car, it is also important to take safety precautions for them while they are at home as well.
We will also give live updates on the national forecast and on the progression of Tropical Storm Dorian. Our meteorologists will be on air to answer fan questions and share their weather pictures. If you have a question or photo for us, submit them on our Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ account and tune in at 4 p.m. EDT on Thursday to see if it ends up on the show.