When do the clocks go forward in 2022 – and why do we change the clocks every year?

If you are annoyed about the winter months – apart from the cool temperatures, ice and snow – it is the shorter days.

But the further we get into the New Year, the more we notice that the days – slowly but surely – are getting longer with each passing day.

Then, in spring, we put the clocks forward before the summer months. But when do the clocks go up this year – and why do we do it every year?

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When will the clocks go ahead in 2022?

The clocks will next put forward on March 27th at 1am – which marks the start of UK daylight saving time, or daylight saving time as it is known elsewhere.

Unfortunately, this means you lose an hour of sleep along the way – but it does herald the start of the warmer months (at least in theory).

Until the summer solstice – the longest day of the year – on June 21st, the days keep getting longer. Then they get shorter again.

Why are we introducing the clocks in spring?

Every time we turn the clocks – once in spring and again in autumn – many wonder why we go through this hype twice a year.

In fact, the ritual dates from the First World War. Germany introduced its own clocks in 1916 to save energy – and so did the UK shortly afterwards.

Two decades earlier, the New Zealand inventor George Vernon Hudson proposed to his own government that the clocks be put forward by two hours every summer. However, his idea was rejected.

Since 2002, when Great Britain officially joined with all other EU countries, we have changed our clocks on the last Sunday in both March and October.

When do the clocks go back?

This year the clocks will be set back at 2 a.m. on October 30th.

Resetting the clock is always a sign that winter is around the corner – but the good news is that it also means an extra hour in bed.

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