Spring 2018 date: When will we switch to British Summer Time? When do the clocks advance?
When do we switch to British Summer Time?
The clocks move forward on Sunday 25 March 2018 at 1am, announcing the end of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and the start of British Summer Time (BST).
In the UK, clocks go forward one hour to 1am on the last Sunday in March and go back one hour to 2am on the last Sunday in October.
“Spring forward” always takes place the last weekend of March, while “rewind” takes place the last week of October.
When the clocks go forward, Britons will lose an hour of sleep, but those 60 minutes can be regained at 2am on October 29 when the clocks go back.
Daylight saving time was introduced as a result of the Daylight Savings Time Act of 1916.
DST was created by William Willett in 1907 with the aim of preventing people from wasting precious hours of daylight during the summer months.
He thought that during the summer it would save on energy costs and allow people to spend more time outdoors.
Mr. Willett wrote in 1907: “Everyone enjoys long bright evenings.
“Everyone laments their shrinking as the days get shorter, and almost everyone has expressed regret that the bright, clear light of the early morning, during the spring and summer months, is so seldom seen or used. “
However, it is understood that the main reason the government enacted the Daylight Savings Time Act in 1916 was the need to increase the workforce during World War I.
The Summer Times Act 1916 was passed by Parliament and the first day of British summer was reported as May 21, 1916.