Saturday 22 October 2016

When do the clocks go back and what is Daylight Saving Time?

Cameron Macphail

Published 14/10/2016 | 00:45


It's that time of year again, when we all struggle to remember if the clocks go forward or back. So here's everything you need to know about the autumn time change so that you don't accidentally arrive at work an hour early.

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When do the clocks go back?

On Sunday, October 30 at 2am, the UK and Ireland will revert to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) by going back one hour, to 1am. This marks the official end of our summertime. A clever way to remember the hour-change rule is "Spring forward, Fall back". Easy!

Will I get a lie in?

Yes. Relish those extra 60 minutes in bed. The mornings will also be lighter, however the evenings will be darker.

When will the infernal darkness end..?

We won't see lighter nights again until March 26th 2017, when the clocks will wind forward again at 1am.

Hibernation for the nation?

October 30 is the day we go into "hibernation" mode, according to a new study. Researchers have discovered almost half of us (42 per cent) will batten down the hatches for the winter as the nights draw in.

Stocking up on new winter socks (31 per cent), slippers (21 per cent) and woolly jumpers (29 per cent) – is all part of the human hibernation process, according to the study.

A further 33 per cent said they start preparing for winter by doing a “winter food shop."

The study of almost 2,000 people commissioned by a home furnishing retailer revealed the average adult only ventures out socially once a week in the winter months.

And they only expect to see around three-and-a-half hours of daylight on weekdays, but slightly more at the weekend (3hrs 45mins).

Daylight Saving: Whose idea was it?

A man called William Willett introduced the idea of British Summer Time, also known as Daylight Saving Time, in 1907. He wanted to prevent people from wasting valuable hours of light during summer mornings.

He published a pamphlet called 'The Waste of Daylight' in a bid to get people out of bed earlier by changing the time on the clocks.

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