Clocks go forward this weekend – Here is everything you need to know.
Daylight Saving Time begins on the last Sunday of March every year which falls this weekend on the 31st March, this commences the start of British Summer Time.
When do the clocks go forward?
The clocks change traditionally at 1am, meaning the clocks are turned forward one hour, becoming 2am instead.
Why do the clocks change?
The initial idea behind the clock change was to save energy for the working day, and to make life better for farmers. The hour difference meant that mornings would have been darker but the evenings lighter, meaning less electricity needed for workers and farmers so that they could continue their toil into the later hours. This change first began more than 100 years ago, when parliament passed the Summer Time Act in 1916, creating British Summer Time. George Hudson, Entomologist and astronomer, first proposed the idea of daylight saving in 1895. But BST only came to fruition when a campaign started in 1907 by builder William Willett gathered pace, he wanted to stop people wasting valuable hours of light in the summer months. During the war - more daylight meant less need for lamps. Germany was the first country to adopt the clock-changing plan in April that year and the UK followed in May.
Whilst Daylight Savings Time is observed in most countries in Europe, North America and Australasia, most countries in Africa and Asia don't.
When will the clocks go back again?
Enjoy the summer months, because after the summer ends, the clocks go back again on Sunday, October 27, 2019.
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