On the last Sunday in October, at 2 a.m., UK clocks move forward one hour. British Summer Time ends on October 30 at 2 a.m.

British Summer Time, or BST, refers to the time between March and October when clocks are one hour ahead. Sometimes called summer time, there is more sun in the evening and less in the morning. In order to observe British Summer Time, the clocks are put forward one hour (forward, backward). The goal is to take advantage of the extra light in the evening to complete tasks like walking your dog before it gets dark. The downside is that you’re more likely to be late or have someone call you while you’re trying to sleep and talk loudly.

Surely British Summer Time was supposed to expire?

In order to better respect people’s sleep schedules, the European Commission has decided to abolish the biannual time change from 2019. The choice was made after 4.6 million people took part in a public survey, with 98% of respondents favor maintaining summer time all year round. Because EU member states could not agree on whether to continue using winter or summer time, plans fell through.

When did the idea of ​​moving time for the end of British Summer Time begin?

The custom of changing the clocks at the end of March and the end of October was established in 1972 by the British Summer Time Act, but the idea has been circulating for many years.

William Willett was the most determined person of his time to promote the idea of ​​daylight saving time. When he was returning home from riding his horse near his home in the 1900s, he noticed that many neighbors’ blinds and curtains were still closed, even though it was bright. he believed in changing the clock to make it work better with daylight hours. Clocks have always adopted Greenwich Mean Time, which meant it was light at 3 a.m. and dark at 9 p.m. in the summer.

His first idea was adopted the idea that clocks should advance 80 minutes. 20 minutes every Sunday in April. In September, the clocks would go back 20 minutes every Sunday to give people more time to enjoy the outdoors, improve their health and save money on lighting costs.

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Go forward go backward

British Summer Time begins when clocks are put forward one hour in spring. When British Summer Time ends in the fall, the clocks are pushed back. The UK then reverts to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Jan G. Gilbert