Don't forget to put your clocks back this weekend
- By Elaine Bird
- 24 October 2019
- North-West Norfolk
It's that time of year again where we say goodbye to daylight saving time and enter Greenwich Mean Time - meaning shorter days and nights drawing in earlier.
The clocks will go back an hour at 2am on Sunday 27th October, allowing for an extra hour in bed (if you're lucky).
Most smartphones and digital devices will automatically set the clock back but make sure to check your watches and clocks and manually reset the time.
The clocks go forward an hour on the last weekend in March and go back on the final weekend of October.
The idea for daylight savings time was initially proposed by Founding Father Benjamin Franklin in 1784, but it wasn't until 1907 when it was seriously put forward by William Willett. Willett lamented the waste of daylight on summer mornings in a pamphlet called "The Waste of Daylight".
It was first implemented during World War I by Germany and Austria to save on coal usage - allies quickly followed suit.
Daylight savings time came into worldwide use in the 1970s to combat the energy crisis. However, it is not generally followed near the equator as sunrise times do not vary massively.