As nights are slowly getting darker earlier and the weather is taking a turn for the colder, it’s undoubtedly a sign that summer is long gone and winter is on the horizon. Households across Britain change their clocks twice a year in accordance with changing seasons, moving them an hour forward or back depending on the time of year. At the moment, UK clocks are operating on Daylight Savings Time after being put forward on March 29.
What time do the clocks go back?
In the UK, clocks go forward one hour at 1am on the last Sunday in March, and back one hour at 2am on the last Sunday in October.
This year, the clocks will be going back at 2am on Sunday, October 25.
Around 70 countries in the world have some form of Daylight Savings Time (DST), but it varies from region to region.
Much of Europe and North America, as well as parts of South America and Australasia, change their clocks.
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However, many countries in Africa and Asia, which are located around the Equator, do not change their time.
The USA has DST, but not all states change their clocks.
Arizona is one region which doesn’t use DST, and neither does Hawaii, while Indiana only introduced the concept in 2006.
In March 2019, the European Parliament backed a motion to end the practice of changing clocks in EU member states.
In previous years, clocks going back would be welcome news to revellers in pubs, bars and nightclubs.
But with curfews on hospitality industries this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, that won’t be possible.
While clocks on smartphones, laptops and other smart devices reset themselves, don’t forget to manually change any clocks and watches.
If you have a hard time differentiating between DST and reverting back to GMT, this simple phrase should help it stick: “Spring forward, fall back.”