You’ll already have noticed some warmer weather and longer daylight in the evenings in recent weeks, and those summer evenings with our friends and families are not too far away with lockdown restrictions gradually easing.
At 1am on Sunday, March 28, the clocks will go forward an hour to British Summer Time (BST) – this means 1am will become 2am instead.
It results in us all ‘losing’ an hour – but don’t worry we’ll get it back later in the year.
But why do the clocks change?
Why do the clocks go forward?
Clocks change by one hour twice a year in spring and autumn – or, if you want another way to remember it, you can use the American English mnemonic ‘spring forward, fall back.’
The practice of changing the clocks in the winter months came about to give us more daylight in the mornings.
The government brought in the British Summer Time in World War I to improve the economy by giving farmers an extra hour of sunlight to work in.
However, it was Coldplay singer Chris Martin’s great-great-grandfather William Willett who came up with the idea of British Summer Time back in 1907.
Willett spent much of his life trying to convince people they should get up an hour earlier in the spring to make the most of the brighter mornings – although he died just before it was introduced in 1916.
However, the idea of changing the time system has been around for centuries – it’s believed that even the Romans did it.
When is the longest day of the year in 2021?
The longest day of the year in 2021 falls on Monday, June 21.
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