Clocks Change: An extra hour in bed…..but for how much longer?
Written by cristinaaxford on October 23, 2018
Dawn on Sunday marks the end of the summer schedule and the beginning of the winter schedule: at 3am it will be 2am. (In the Canary Islands at 2:00 am it will be 1.00), which means that on the night of Saturday to Sunday we all get an extra hour in bed!
The change of time from summer to winter occurs on the last Sunday of October throughout Europe which is mandatory in order to achieve energy savings, although this could change all before 2020, since the European Commission has proposed to abolish it and the Spanish Government has been “quite in agreement”.
When will we change the clocks for the last time?
After much discussion, the European Commission has left the decision to change the clocks in the hands of the respective Governments but has asked that a decision is reached as soon as possible so that all European capitals change at the same time to avoid disruption
According to the calendar set by the European Commission, the last obligatory change of time will take place on March 31, 2019 and the Member States wishing to return to winter time will make a final change on October 27. From that date, no further changes can be made.
To this end, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU – the institution in which the countries are represented – must agree and approve the regulations by March 2019 at the latest.
Why do we move our clocks?
This custom of putting the clocks back in the winter putting them forward in summer began in 1974 across Europe in order to make better use of sunlight (and consume less electricity) after the first oil crisis.
The European Directive that governs the so-called ‘Change of time’ sets that the summer schedule begins on the last Sunday of the month of March and ends on the last Sunday of October.
Thus, from next Sunday we will recover what is considered official time in Spain, which is to go one hour ahead of the time that marks the Greenwich Meridian (Greenwich Mean Time GMT).
This measure is not only adopted in Spain, but in some 70 countries around the world. Japan is the only industrialized country that has not yet adapted to this regulation. Specifically, it is applied in all countries of Europe, South America, Africa and in some areas of the United States and Canada.
Author: Ben Mulvey