When do the clocks change this year?

The clocks go back at the end of October, which means waving goodbye to British Summer Time once again until March 2017.

This year is a special year for the clocks changing too, with it being the 100th anniversary since we started turning the clocks back.

When do the clocks go back?

The clocks change by one hour once in the Spring and again in the Autumn, in an attempt to make the most of the light. The clocks went forward earlier this year on Sunday March 27 2016 at 1am.

The clocks go back again in the Autumn, and this time it happens on Sunday October 30 2016 at 2am. This means we’ll get an extra hour’s sleep and it will be lighter in the mornings.

The clocks going back on the last Sunday in October marks the end of British Summer Time (BST) and reverts the UK back to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

The Facts

We have had 100 years of changing the clocks twice a year. Daylight Saving was introduced in the UK by William Willet to make the most of natural daylight. He was keen to prevent people from wasting vital hours of light during summer mornings by starting the day earlier, making the mornings darker but creating longer evenings. He published a pamphlet called ‘The Waste of Daylight’ in a bid to get people out of bed earlier by changing the nation’s clocks.

Germany was actually the first country to introduce the scheme on April 30th 1916 during the First World War in order to save fuel and give people more time to work in the fields. The UK followed suit soon after. Lots of people think it should be scrapped altogether because the dark mornings are dangerous for children walking to school and the change means that the sun doesn’t rise in northern parts of the country until 10.00am.

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