When do the clocks go back? Why do they change? Everything you need to know

Don't forget the clocks go back this weekend.

Don't forget the clocks go back this weekend. - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Did you know we’ve been putting our clocks back an hour for a whole century? Find out when the clocks go back this year.

It’s official - British Summer Time (BST) is officially coming to a close this weekend with the clocks set to go back.

Although it only feels like we’re holding onto the last trails of summer, it’s time to start embracing the darker evenings.

Despite the fact many will now leave work in the dark from Sunday onwards, the good news is the mornings will be lighter, and you’ll get an extra hour in bed on the day the clocks do go back.

The clocks go back at 2am on Sunday, October 30, which means at that time all clocks will be turned back to 1am.


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Most modern devices will however do this automatically, so check before you do it - in case you end up going back by two hours!

Why do the clocks go back?

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This year marks a whole century of the daylights savings system, which was first introduced in the First World War.

The system came into place in May 1916 in response to the German decision to take the same step and make the most of the daylight hours.

In the UK for the rest of the war, the clocks ran one hour ahead of GMT through the summer.

This same practice has been implemented by the Government since then, other than a short period during the Second World War and an experiment between 1968 and 1971, during which year-round BST was trialled, saving around 2,500 deaths and serious injuries each year of the trial period.

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