It’s that time of year again, where we wake up and it’s dark out, and the evenings are getting shorter.
To make it worse the clocks then go back, making it practically pitch black outside at 4pm – but on the plus side giving us an extra hour of precious sleep.
Some people have argued that given what an awful year 2020 has turned out to be we shouldn’t add another hour to the year – but unfortunately that’s not how Daylight Saving Time works.
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This year the clocks go back at 2am on Sunday, October 25 – so it will become 1am again.
Most digital clocks go back by themselves now, but you’ll need to remember to change any analogue clocks and perhaps the low-tech one on your oven and microwave.
Putting the clocks back officially ends British Summer Time – in case the grey, drizzly weather hadn’t already made it clear – and while the evenings drawn in a lot earlier, those of us who currently get up in darkness will enjoy an earlier sunrise.
Do you always forget whether the clocks are going forward or back?
One nifty trick to help you remember is they ‘spring’ forward, then ‘fall’ back.
Why do we change our clocks?
The concept of daylight saving time was first introduced by the Germans during World War One to cut down on the use of artificial lighting and the burning of valuable coal.
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In the UK a man called William Willett developed the idea of British Summer Time in 1907 encourage people to get up earlier in the day and have more hours of daylight to work in.
Sadly, he died before The Summer Time Act of 1916 was passed by Parliament and the first day of British Summer Time on May 21, 1916.