THE clocks go back overnight tonight, as the UK reverts back to Greenwich Mean Time from British Summer Time.
The good news is we’ll be getting a whole extra hour in bed – or an extra hour of Saturday night partying, depending on your priorities. Read on to find out everything we know about the clock change.
The clocks go back at 2 o’clock Sunday morning, so tomorrow we will wake up having had an extra hour in bed[/caption]
When do the clocks go back this weekend?
The clocks will go back on Sunday, October 27 at 2am.
This means that the time will jump back an hour, making it 1am.
It marks the end of daylight saving time and the start of GMT (Greenwhich Mean Time)
The change gives Brits a whole hour extra in bed for an extra-long nap under the duvet.
While many clocks and watches may change automatically, such as the one on your smart phone, don’t forget to change things like alarm clocks otherwise you could be woken up early.
Will my phone update automatically?
Yes! If you have an iPhone then it will automatically change if you have your ‘date and time’ options set to ‘set automatically’. For all other smartphones, network operators should change the time accordingly if you have automatic updates set to your phone, so you can go to sleep on Saturday night and just enjoy the longer lie in the next morning.
Why do the clocks change twice a year?
The change signals the approach of winter and fewer daylight hours by ensuring there’s more daylight in the mornings and less in the evenings.
When the clocks change again, on March 29, 2020, at 2am, you’ll lose 60 minutes of sleep, as the clocks go forward.
To help you remember which is which, think “spring forward, fall back”.
The idea was first introduced in World War 2[/caption]
Why was the time change introduced?
It was the US inventor Benjamin Franklin who first suggested the idea of daylight saving time in 1784.
The idea was never really taken seriously though until Brit William Willett suggested the idea in his pamphlet The Waste of Daylight published in 1907.
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It was first introduced by Germany and Austria during World War I, as a way to save coal and Britain and the allies quickly followed suit.
Many other countries adopted the idea in the 1970s during the energy crisis.
Not all countries have the time change as those near the equator don’t see significant change to their daylight to warrant the move.