Clocks Go Forward: 2013 Summer Time Starts in the European Union Sunday

By Paul Riegler on 30 March 2013
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In the European Union, Summer Time (called British Summer Time clocksor BST in the Untied Kingdom and Sommerzeit in Austria and Germany) will start this Sunday at 1 a.m. GMT.  Clocks should be set ahead by one hour.   The change puts the U.S. back in sync with a significant part of the world after a three-week period.

Daylight Saving Time started three weeks ago in the United States and parts of Canada.

Summer Time will end on October 27 and resume March 30, 2014.  Daylight Saving Time in the U.S. and Canada will end on November 3 and resume on March 9, 2014.

The concept of Summer or Daylight Saving Time is a system of managing the changing amounts of daylight that occur during the year, with a goal of maximizing daylight hours during the typical workday. It was first proposed in 1784 by Benjamin Franklin, who believed it would save an “immense sum.” It was not broadly adopted until the early twentieth century when the U.S. temporarily enacted Daylight Saving Time as an energy-saving measure.

By adjusting clocks ahead by an hour, people typically have more daylight available during the workday. For example, in the case of someone who typically awakens at 7 a.m., since in the spring the sun rises earlier each day, an individual would have to rise at 6 a.m. to take advantage of the additional daylight. Instead, by moving the clock ahead by one hour, that person can continue to wake up at 7 a.m. and enjoy more daylight in the early evening hours.

Most of Asia, Africa, and South America do not observe Daylight Saving Time at all.

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