When do the clocks return to end British Summer Time? | UK News

As Halloween approaches, Brits can enjoy an extra hour in bed – or an extra hour to party – on Saturday night, as British Summer Time (BST) officially ends at 2am on Sunday October 30th and the clocks go back an hour so you get to get 1am to 2am twice. Which sounds great, unless of course you work night shifts during this time, or have kids or pets for whom the time change means nothing.

It has been over 100 years since clock changing was established in the UK under the Summer Time Act 1916 during the First World War. This was in response to Germany advancing its clocks in an effort to save fuel for the war effort by reducing the need for lighting during the longer, brighter evenings, although the idea was under discussion for some time. Lawmakers at the time clearly never considered how difficult it would be for people in the future to remember how to reset the clocks in their electronic ovens and cars.

Although the number of hours of daylight varies around the world, there is no real scientific basis for changing clocks, and you can argue for the social and economic benefits or harms of lighter mornings. or lighter evenings. William Willett, an early campaigner for clock changes, felt that one of the big benefits would be the ability to play golf longer in the evening.

Many countries have reassessed the practice. The European Parliament has recently voted to no longer mandate him at EU level, leaving national governments to decide.

If you enjoy the extra hour in bed, it’s tempered by the fact that there’s always a downside. You can get an extra hour in October, but you have to return it next year. The clocks move forward another hour to restart British Summer Time at 1am on March 26, 2023.

Jan G. Gilbert