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“Upcoming Time Change: Clocks to Spring Forward at End of March 2024”

As the anticipation of longer daylight hours builds with the approach of the summer months, it’s essential to mark our calendars for the annual clock change event. This year, in spring 2024, the clocks are scheduled to transition on Sunday, March 31, coinciding with Easter Sunday. Here’s a comprehensive guide to ensure you’re prepared for the shift.

The clock adjustment occurs at 1 a.m. on the last Sunday of March, where time springs forward by one hour. This means that at 1 a.m., clocks are advanced to 2 a.m. on March 31, 2024. It’s advisable to manually adjust your clocks, unless they do so automatically. Whether you make the change before retiring for the night or upon waking at that hour, it’s crucial to note that this transition results in one hour less of sleep.

This biannual tradition persists with the clocks reverting back by one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, October 27, 2024, allowing for the recovery of the lost hour. The phrase “spring forward, fall back” serves as a mnemonic device to remember this pattern.

Despite discussions and votes within the European Parliament to discontinue seasonal time changes, progress towards implementation has stalled. Consequently, the system of daylight saving time in the US and summer time in the EU and Britain remains unchanged under current EU law.

The rationale behind these temporal adjustments is rooted in optimizing natural light usage. During winter, the clocks are set back by an hour to extend sunlight in the mornings, affording individuals an additional hour of rest. Conversely, in summer, the clocks are moved forward by an hour, enhancing the duration of brighter evenings.

This practice traces its origins to the advocacy of William Willett in the UK in 1907. Recognising the inefficiency of daylight usage, Willett championed the concept of British Summer Time (BST) through his publication, “The Waste of Daylight.” However, it wasn’t until 1916, following Willett’s passing, that Britain enacted the Summer Time Act, formalising the biannual clock adjustments. Ireland subsequently adopted this practice.

While the clock change tradition persists, discussions surrounding its relevance and necessity continue, highlighting the enduring legacy of Willett’s vision for maximising daylight utilisation.

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