Just incase you’re not sure!
It’s that time of year, yes already, when we officially abandon British Summer Time and return to good old GMT.
That means the clocks fall back – and it will start getting darker earlier. Even though it only feels like summer started two minutes ago, many see this as the official start of the winter season.
But there is some good news – mornings will be lighter and you get an extra hour in bed (but only on the day the clocks actually go back, not everyday throughout winter, sadly).
And for those people who didn’t bother changing their clocks when they went forward in spring – you’ll be back on the correct time, well for five months at least.
But when do the clocks actually go back? And why do we put them back? As we prepare to wrap up warm for those winter months here’s everything you need to know about Daylight Saving Time.
When do the clocks go back?
The UK reverts to Greenwich Mean Time at 2am on Sunday, October 30. That means all clocks are turned back to 1am at that time. Most clever devices these days will change the time for you, so you’ve no need to worry.
But remember, you’ll need to change some clocks manually – or face constant bewilderment every time you catch a glimpse of the time on your oven or microwave. Or just leave them until the clocks go forward again next spring.
Why do the clocks go back?
The moving of the clocks was first introduced during World War I by Germany and Austria, and then by the allies, to save on coal usage.
It was invented by George Vincent Hudson, a New Zealand entomologist in 1895, 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.
William Willett is the great-great-grandfather of Coldplay’s Chris Martin, who have a song called ‘Clocks’. 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.
Will my mobile phone update?
Yes, if you have an iPhone, iPad and Mac they automatically change. Check you have your ‘Date and Time’ settings for ‘Set Automatically’ turned on and it’s best to update your iOS too.
For smartphones, network operators should change the time accordingly so you shouldn’t have to do anything, but make sure you have automatic updates set to your phone.
Wouldn’t it be easier not to meddle with it?
Some people absolutely think that’s the case and have been lobbying for a long time for Britain to stay on BST or GMT all year around. They argue that it would increase tourist revenue, cut crime, reduce accidents, save energy and generally make us all the more cheery.
Folk in Scotland, tend to disagree as parts of the country wouldn’t see daylight until 10am.