This weekend the clocks go back an hour so here’s 6 things you need to know.
So when do the clocks go back ?
The mornings get lighter and evenings darker but we get an extra hour in bed.
The UK goes back to GMT on at 2am on October 30th, which means all clocks will go back an hour to 1am.
So remember to change any battery clocks manually otherwise you may miss out an the extra hour in bed!
Do I need to change the time on my smartphone ?
Most smartphones will do this automatically so there’s no need to alter your phones time when you wake up the following morning.
Check if your iPhone date & time settings are set to change automatically.
When was it introduced ?
The Summer Time Act of 1916 was quickly passed by Parliament and the first day of British Summer Time, 21 May 1916, was widely reported in the press.
The Home Office put out special posters telling people how to reset their clocks to GMT, and national newspapers also gave advice as many clocks back then could not be turned back without breaking the mechanism.
It was argued that such a scheme could reduce domestic coal consumption and increase the supplies available for manufacturing and the war effort during the First World War.
How dark does it get ?
During December there is only 7 hours and 40 minutes of daylight on the shortest day of winter, compared to 16 hours & 50 minutes of daylight on the longest day of summer.
Should we ditch the clock changing ?
Some argue yes, some argue no. Peoples arguments for ditching the clock changing is that when it gets darker in the winter its more unsafe for children to travel home from school.
And the later rising sun during British Summer Time means its harder for the nations farmers to get fresh produce on the shelves of supermarkets as they need lighter conditions to do their jobs.
The arguments for keeping the clock changes is that during the summer it is said to reduce traffic accidents as their is more daylight and visibility.
The golf industry say the extra hours means an extra £240m a year in revenue as theres more time spent out on the courses.
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