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When do the clocks go forward? Everything you need to know about British Summer Time

PUBLISHED: 07:25 31 March 2019

Clocks go forward at the end of the month

Clocks go forward at the end of the month

British Summer Time has arrived as the clocks sprung forward today.

The clocks went forward at 1am today, March 31 – which is also Mother’s Day.

This means the evenings will be lighter for longer, but early risers may find themselves waking to darkness for a few weeks.

The change means we all lost an hour’s sleep overnight on Saturday.

While most digital clocks, phones and even car displays will update automatically, you will still need to change analogue clocks and watches.

What time will the sun rise and set?

The change will be noticeable straight away – March 30 had a sunrise about 5.36am, but was followed by sunrise about 6.34am on March 31.

The sun set about 6.26pm on March 30, but not until 7.28pm the following night.

What is British Summer Time?

British Summer Time – known internationally as Daylight Savings Time – was first proposed by New Zealander George Vernon Hudson in 1895.

It was first established as law in the UK as part of the summer time Act of 1916, in part thanks to the work of campaigning by famous builder William Willett.

It was initially proposed for those working in agriculture to make the most of the available daylight in the summer, starting work an hour earlier and seeing an extra hour of sunlight after completing a day’s labours.

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