Daylight saving time: When do the clocks go back?

27 Octobre, 2020, 17:33 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Clocks go back this weekend and here’s when and why

Even though it may feel like summer started two minutes ago (did we have one?), many see this as the official start of the winter season.

So there you go, that's why clocks are going back an hour at 2am on Sunday 25 October.

Tonight, the clocks will go back by one hour due to daylight saving time, but this could be the last time it happens in Albania.

"Winter time will commence at 1 am on Sunday, October 2020".

A man checks one of four custom, flush mounted clocks, destined for installation in Kansas City, Missouri, at the Electric Time Company factory in Medfield, Massachusetts, March 8, 2013. Digital clocks and telephones should - if all goes well - do that automatically.

However, the legislation wasn't passed and daylight savings time will end on November 1, 2020, and will begin again at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 14, 2021. But when will the clocks go back?

Clocks will go back in the UK on Sunday 25 October at 2am
Gerd Altmann Clocks will go back in the UK on Sunday 25 October at 2am

Why was Daylight Saving Time introduced?

William Willett, an Edwardian builder, had devised a campaign in which he proposed that the clocks go forward in spring and back in winter so that people could spend more time outdoors during the day and save energy, hence the term Daylight Saving Time.

The government later adopted his ideas in 1916 during the First World War, as politicians believed it would help reduce the demand for coal.

As a result, the issue of the seasonal time transition became contentious and was caught up in political tensions between religious and secular parties before the 2013 change was implemented.

Many credit Benjamin Franklin with the concept, as he said the idea would save an "immense sum" in the cost of candles, although his remarks are now believed to have been somewhat in jest.

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