Clocks Go Back on Sunday the 28th of October

Clocks go back

This Sunday morning the 28th of October don’t forget to turn your clocks back by 1 hour. 

In Ireland the clocks go forward 1 hour at 1am on the last Sunday in March, and back 1 hour at 2am on the last Sunday in October.

So what does it mean for us?  Well it means that it will be brighter in the mornings but it will get darker sooner in the evenings.

But it seems that that this could all change in 2021.  After an EU survey 84% of Europeans want Europe to stop changing the clock twice a year.  This online consultation, which ran from 4 July to 16 August 2018, received 4.6 million responses from all 28 Member States, the highest number of responses ever received in any Commission public consultation. According to the preliminary results 84% of respondents are in favour of putting an end to the bi-annual clock change.

Steven Fry explains why we turn the clocks forward and back

Up to now clocks go forward by an hour on the last Sunday in March and switch back to winter time on the last Sunday in October. It is proposed that we stay on Summer Time the whole year.

So the thing is that if we stayed on summer time it would mean that in the winter we would have darker mornings but brighter evenings.  According to www.timeanddate.com in on December 22nd (the shortest day of the year 2018) sunrise is at 8.36am and sunset is at 4.17pm now if the hour doesn’t go back it would mean that sunrise will be at 9.36am and and sunset at 5.17pm.  The mornings will be darker and the evenings will be brighter.

All we can do is wait and see what the outcome is going to be but we still have to remember there are still only 24 hours in the day whatever the EU decides.

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