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Spring has sprung now clocks go forward

25.03.2017 From our online archive
Spring officially began last Monday with the days becoming longer and the nights shorter. This means an annual time change is due and on Sunday, March 26, clocks go forward one hour.

Spring officially began last Monday with the days becoming longer and the nights shorter. This means an annual time change is due and on Sunday, March 26, clocks go forward one hour.

The 60 minute time change across Europe officially happens at 2am when the clock hands should be advanced to 3am.

It won’t be until October this year that the return to winter time will occur, a preferred time change for many, as we gain an extra hour in bed.

There are actually three time zones across the continent with Ireland, the United Kingdom and Portugal sharing Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) while most of Europe is on Central European Time, also known as “Berlin Meridian” or GMT+1.  Finland and eastern European countries aligned with the Nordic country and further east are an hour ahead of CET and enjoy Eastern European Time.

The time changes are in fact a European directive which states that all countries across the continent must begin summer time on the last Sunday of March and winter time on the last Sunday of October regardless of which time zone they are in.