Why do the clocks go back?

You might be wondering where summer has gone, but it really is almost that time of year again – time to get your clocks ready for winter again.

The nights are getting longer and the temperatures are getting colder, winter is just around the corner.

But many people find it a bit of a hassle to change the clock twice a year. When do the clocks go back – and above all why?

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What is UK Daylight Saving Time?

UK daylight saving time is the time the clocks go one hour ahead. Also known as summer time, it essentially means that we get more sunlight in the evening.

The clocks are presented at the end of March. This year they moved forward on March 28th and will do the same on March 27th next year.

When do the clocks go back?

The clocks go back at the end of October when winter approaches. This year we will set the clocks back on October 31st.

Why are the clocks going back?

Setting the clocks back for winter essentially means people can start and finish their work day an hour earlier.

The idea was first proposed in 1895 by the New Zealand scientist George Vernon Hudson. A little over 20 years later, during World War I, the German government introduced clocks to save energy. Other governments, including Britain, soon did the same.

Almost every year there is a debate about whether we should change the clocks at all. Those who oppose this practice say it disrupts the sleep cycle – with potential health implications – and that evening commuting in the dark is riskier.

But if we left the clocks where they were, the morning commute could be more dangerous as our mornings would get darker. So it seems that daylight saving time stays here.

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