When do the clocks go back in the UK.

26th October 2016 staplefordcommunitygroup Help & Advice, Upcoming Events Tags: 1 Comment

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It’s that time of year again, when we all struggle to remember if the clocks go forward or back.  So here’s everything you need to know about the autumn time change so that you don’t accidentally arrive at work an hour early. 

When do the clocks go back?

On Sunday, October 30 at 2am, the UK will revert to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) by going back one hour, to 1am. This marks the official end of British summertime. A clever way to remember the hour-change rule is “Spring forward, Fall back”. Easy!

Will I get a lie in?

Yes. Relish those extra 60 minutes in bed. The mornings will also be lighter, however the evenings will be darker.

(However, despite the prevalence of smartphones and other devices which alter the time for you automatically, there will always be one person you know who didn’t get the memo.)

How dark does the UK get in winter?

In the UK, the maximum 16 hours and 50 minutes of sunlight – on the longest day in June (the summer solstice) – dwindles to just seven hours and 40 minutes six months later in December (the winter solstice).

When will the infernal darkness end..?

We won’t see lighter nights again until March 26th 2017, when the clocks will wind forward again at 1am, and British Summer Time begins.

1 Comment

  1. Philip Jones 6 months Reply

    Its disgraceful that through indecision and lack of will through losing votes successive governments of all parties have not taken action since the trial in the late 60’s when BST was left in place throughout the year. I agree there were more dark mornings to go to school but this was more than offset by the later sunset and confusion caused by the change. It is time it was sorted once and for all rather than this topic cropping up ever 2 years or so, Another referendum or will the majority opinion be ignored because of minorities or it may give the wrong answer

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