Will the clocks be introduced this weekend?

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Last but not least! Brighter evenings and warmer days are coming – and after Cold snap we’ve had, British summer time can’t come soon enough.

We have seen more than enough freezing fog, snow and ice this winter, let alone the relentless wind.

But sunny, warm spring days are upon us – and putting the clocks forward an hour will instantly give us even more daylight when we head home from work or walk the dog.

We can also look forward to the Easter holidays.

So when do we put the clocks forward and why does the date change every year?

Here’s what you need to know.

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When are the clocks presented?

British Summer Time (BST) starts at 1am on the last Sunday in March.

At this time the clocks “jump” forward by one hour.

In 2023 this will apply Sunday March 26th – that is next weekend at the time of writing.

So right now you’re getting that extra hour in bed.

Why are the clocks fast?

The mornings might be a bit darker – but the lighter evenings are a delight (Picture: Getty Images)

Accordingly Royal Museums Greenwich, “although this change does not affect the length of each day, sunrise and sunset each appear an hour later in the summer”.

The idea was put forward in Britain in 1907 by builder William Willett, who resented the “waste of daylight” on summer mornings.

Germany was the first country to introduce daylight saving time in 1916. Britain did so a few weeks later, along with many other nations involved in World War I, and others followed.

The Royal Observatory’s curator, Louise Devoy, says: “When the clocks were first changed, there was a concern that delicate striking clocks could be damaged if people tried to put the hands back an hour. Official warnings and guidelines were printed in newspapers and magazines to reduce the number of “victims”.

British during World War II Double Daylight saving time – two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) – was introduced temporarily, and in winter clocks were kept one hour ahead of GMT. This served to “improve productivity”.

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Today, about 70 countries around the world implement some form of daylight saving time.

When do the clocks go back?

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Summer days are calling… (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

we have until October 29, 2023 at 2 a.m – then the clocks go back to GMT.

But the good news is that you get at least an extra hour in bed.

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