Spring forward, Fall back

Spring forward, Fall back

The clocks go back when the Daylight Savings Time (DST) period ends each year in Autumn (October) and folk enjoy an hour longer to lie in before the start of the normal Sunday breakfast routine.

A change to this established routine may be coming..This 2020 October Fall back may have been a last chance to spend longer enjoying your Sunday croissants because, back in March 2019, the European Parliament approved a proposal that spelled the end of clock changes within the EU.

From 2021, EU member states will have to choose whether to stick to summer or winter time for good, with no more springing forward or falling back. As Gibraltar will be outside EU by the time of the next Autumn/Fall change there may be some local puzzlement about how long is going to remain available to enjoy the scheduled Sunday breakfast
What DST does is to change the time we use to schedule those important daily routines, shifting it in relation to solar time, which is defined by the Sun’s course. When we spring forward as DST begins, our clocks show a later time at sunrise, solar noon, and sunset, and the reverse in Autumn. But, even though days have been longer during the summer, that does not mean that sunrise/sunset suddenly occur later when we change our clocks in Autumn.

Fortunately, time is in hand, give or take an hour, to work it all out before the next clock change comes around..or doesn’t happen.

Written by features writer Jon Lewes