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Clocks Go Back... Everything You Need To Know

Don't forget your clocks this weekend - Here is everything you need to know

In case you live in a bunker, you’re most probably aware that this weekend the clocks back. Freightlink have provided you with all the information you need to make the most of your extra hour in bed.

The clocks always go forward an hour in Spring in the last weekend in March and go back an hour in autumn in the last weekend of October.

This year, the UK will revert to Greenwich Mean Time on Sunday October 30th at 2am. Meaning at that time all clocks are turned back an hour to 1am.

How dark will the UK get in winter?

There is over 9 hours’ difference in 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 seven hours and 40 minutes six months later in December (the winter solstice).

Why do we change our clocks?

In the first world war (WW1), both Germany and Austria introduced the moving of the clocks in order to save on coal usage. The concept was invented by George Vincent Hudson, in 1895 who was an entomologist from New Zealand, while British businessman William Willett is also credited with the idea as a way of getting up earlier and so having more daylight hours after work.

While the UK has always had daylight savings time since it was first introduced, it came into widespread use across the world during the 1970s because of the energy crisis.

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 and there also potential health risks. Some critics also claim the darker mornings are a danger for children walking to school.

As recent 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. The mornings will also be lighter, at the start but the evenings will soon become darker.

24 October 2016

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