The nights get shorter, the daffodils start to bloom and it gets milder – that can only mean one thing.
Spring is really on, with British Summer Time (BST) just around the corner where the clocks will jump forward an hour.
The clocks jump forward takes place on the last Sunday in March each year in the UK.
But in exchange for lighter nights, the British get an hour less in bed.
Here’s everything you need to know about the change …
When do the clocks go forward?
This year marks the end of British summer time Sunday March 28th.
The clock goes back an hour when 1 a.m. strikes.
Fortunately, the clocks of many internet connected devices, including smartphones, televisions, and tablets, will automatically make the change for us.
Devices that are not connected to the internet, such as microwaves and alarm clocks, need to be changed manually.
How to remember which way the clocks are changing
To remember which way to change the clocks, you have to memorize a simple old saying: “Jump forward, fall back”.
When do the clocks go back an hour?
As the fall season approaches later this year, the clocks will fall back on the last Sunday in October (October 31st) – meaning the British will win an hour.
Do you prefer when the clocks leap forward or fall back?
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Why do the clocks go back and forth?
The conversion of British clocks was introduced during the First World War in 1916 in order to make optimal use of the light and to reduce coal consumption.
It was invented in 1895 by George Vincent Hudson, a New Zealand entomologist.
The British businessman William Willett is also credited with the idea of getting up earlier in order to have more daylight hours after work.
While the UK has always had daylight saving time since its inception, it became widespread worldwide in the 1970s due to the energy crisis.