When do the clocks go forward 2016?

When do the clocks go forward 2016?

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It’s that moment we’ve all been waiting for!

The clocks go forward on the last Sunday in March, which this year is the 27th at 1am – which happens to be Easter Sunday.

Most devices like your phone or tablet will change automatically, but make sure you remember to manually change any analogue, oven, and microwave or car clocks.

It might mark the beginning of spring, but it will also shave 60 minutes off your precious slumber time.

At least this year it falls on the Sunday before a bank holiday, thanks to Easter Monday, so hopefully you won’t need to be back at work the next day.


Why do we change the clocks?

The moving of the clocks was first introduced during World War One 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.

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.

Plans have also been mooted to move to Central European Time – something that would mean lighter winter evenings, which supporters claim would cut road deaths, boost tourism and reduce energy use.

But the proposals have faced opposition from many in Scotland who do not relish the prospect of an extra hour of darkness in the morning.


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