The clocks will go back an hour this weekend when British Summer Time ends – here’s everything you need to know

The nights are getting longer, the leaves are starting to fall and there’s a chill in the air it can only mean one thing.

Autumn is well and truly underway, with the end of British Summer Time (BST) just around the corner where our clocks are set back an hour.

Clock reversal occurs every year on the last Sunday in October in the UK, bringing the country back to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

And in exchange for more darkness, the Brits are given an extra hour in bed.

Here’s everything there is to know about the change…



Clocks go back this month

When do the clocks go back?

This year the end of British Summer Time takes place Sunday October 25 .

The clocks will go back one hour at 2am.

Fortunately, the clocks of many internet-connected devices, including smartphones, TVs, and tablets, will automatically make the change for us.

Devices that are not connected to the internet, such as microwaves and alarm clocks, will need to be changed manually.

Once the spring season approaches next year, the clocks will move forward on the last Sunday in March, which means Britons will lose an hour.

How to remember which way the clocks change:

To remember which way to change the clocks, there’s an old saying that’s simple to memorize: “jump forward, fall back.”

Why do the clocks go back?

The change in British clocks was introduced during the First World War, in 1916, with the aim of making the most of light and saving on the use of coal.

It was invented in 1895 by George Vincent Hudson, a New Zealand entomologist.

But British businessman William Willett is also credited with the idea as a way to get up earlier to get more hours of daylight after work.

While the UK has always had daylight saving time since its introduction, it became widespread across the world during the 1970s due to the energy crisis.

Jan G. Gilbert