Daylight saving time 2021: When do the clocks go back tonight?

Summer is officially coming to an end as the clocks are set to go back this weekend.

Although all of us will be able to enjoy an extra hour snuggled up in bed, it does mean that winter is officially here.

As the clocks go backwards an hour, the UK is set to welcome shorter days and longer, chillier nights as the winter season gets into full swing.

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Clocks change twice a year – once in the spring and once in the autumn. The spring, time changes to go forward and in the autumn they go backwards.

A good way of remembering which is which, is spring forward and fall back.

Here’s everything you need to know about the clock change, including when it happens, why it happens and the history behind it.

When do the clocks go back?

Tomorrow morning (Sunday, October 31), we will get an extra hour in bed after the clocks go back an hour and change at 2am.

It will be the end of British Standard Time (BST), meaning the UK will return to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is the standard time zone against which all others are set.

The clocks going backwards mean that we have more daylight in the early hours of the morning.

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Devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops will update automatically to the new times, however, analogue and digital clocks will need to be changed manually.

Why do clocks go forward and back?

The clocks are put back every year to give people an extra hour of daylight after work and was made custom by parliament more than 100 years ago.

In 1916, parliament passed the Summer Time Act, creating British Summer Time.

It was the result of a campaign started in 1907 by William Willett to stop people from ‘wasting’ hours of light in the summer months and to save fuel during the war.

Germany was the first country to adopt the clock-changing plan in April that year and the UK followed a month after in May.

When do clocks go forward again?

Clocks usually go forward an hour during the start of summer, in March, with the date clocks set to go forward an hour on March 27.

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