When do the clocks go back to 2022? Exact date when British Summer Time will end this week
With October almost over, the days are getting shorter and shorter with winter fast approaching.
This means date clocks going back across the UK is just around the corner, giving us an extra hour of sunshine as the darker months approach.
Here’s everything you need to know about clock changes in the UK this year.
When does the clock go back?
In the fall, the clocks will roll back to 2 a.m. on the last Sunday in October, which this year falls on Sunday, October 30.
That means an extra hour in bed for your lazy Sunday morning and will give you an extra hour of daylight as the darker nights arrive.
Do I have to change the clocks myself?
In the majority of cases, the days of manually changing your clocks are long gone.
Any internet-connected device such as smartphones, TVs, laptops and tablets will automatically switch.
However – be careful – alarm clocks, car radios and other devices not connected to the internet will have to be set manually.
To avoid confusion over time, there’s a simple saying from the USA for remembering when to move your clock forward or back: “Spring forward, fall back.”
Why do we change the clocks?
The main reason we change clocks is to make the most of daylight.
The first clock change was introduced by the German government in 1916 during World War I as a way to save energy – the longer the daylight hours lasted, the less electricity was needed.
Many European governments followed suit, including Britain, and thus BST was born, with the current system in place since 1971.