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British Summer Time Ends Sunday 28th October

Don't forget to put your clocks back this weekend - Sunday 28th October at 02.00.

How dark will the UK get in winter?

There is over 9 hours’ difference in the amount of sunlight between the longest day of the year in June and the shortest day of the year in December. In the UK, the longest day in June (the summer solstice) gets up to 16 hours and 50 minutes of sunlight vs just the 7 hours and 40 minutes six months later in December (the winter solstice).

Why do we change our clocks?

During the First World War, both Germany and Austria introduced daylight saving in order to save on coal usage. British businessman William Willett is also credited with the idea as a way of saving energy and spending more time outdoors during the day.

It’s not for everyone

There are those out there who are against the twice a year change, citing that it’s not clear if anyone benefits. Some critics also claim the darker mornings are a danger for children walking to school.

As recently as 2011, MP Rebecca Harris floated a bill calling for all year round daylight savings, but this bill was not passed and the suggested was dropped.

Most importantly... Will I get a lie-in?

Yes. Relish those extra 60 minutes in bed. Also, mornings will be lighter for a short time but evenings will soon become darker.

Have a great weekend!

26 October 2018

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