It's always the last Sunday in October when Summer Time ends, and the clocks fall back. The precise time on that Sunday morning is 2:00 am BST, which becomes 1:00 am GMT.
- 2010 - 31st October
- 2011 - 30th October
- 2012 - 28th October (Leap year)
- 2013 - 27th October
- 1 British Summer Time Begins
- 2 The Origin of British Summer Time
- 3 Hilarious British Summertime Funnies
- 4 Daylight Saving Time (DST)
- 5 Daylight Saving Time Ends
- 6 Daylight Saving Time Begins
- 7 Midsummer's Day - June 24th
- 8 Midsummer's Day Jokes
- 9 Check Your Watch?
- 10 Calendar of special day events, days of celebration:
British Summer Time BeginsOn the last Sunday of March the clocks spring forward, 1:00 am GMT becomes 2:00 BST.
- 2011 - 27th March
- 2012 - 25th March (Leap year)
- 2013 - 31st March (24th would not be the last Sunday)
The Origin of British Summer TimeIn many way the trains started it! Once railways became popular problems arose with timetabling long journeys that moved through time zones. Thus there was a need for a standard time, this became London time and then Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Summer Time came in to being in 1916, the idea was to make better use of daylight in the munitions factories. My point is that without the standardisation provided by GMT there could have been no Summer Time. Since 1916 there have been a number of attempts to tinker with the idea of the clocks springing forward an hour in March and falling back at the end of October; most notably double summer time in the 1940s. Indeed in the Autumn of 2010 there has been a serious move to re-introduce lighter evenings in effort to save power and reduce road accidents.
Daylight Saving Time (DST)DST this is what America and much of the rest of the world calls 'Summer Time'. It's interesting that the USA uses the abbreviation DST, whereas the United Kingdom employs the full phrase 'Summer Time'. Another difference is that DST lasts for three weeks longer than Summer Time. DST starts on the second Sunday in March (not the last), end ends on the first Sunday in November, (not the last Sunday in October).
Daylight Saving Time Ends
- 2010 - November 7th
- 2011 - November 6th
- 2012 - November 4th (Leap year)
- 2013 - November 3rd
Daylight Saving Time Begins
- 2010 - March 14th
- 2011 - March 13th
- 2012 - March 11th (Leap year)
- 2013 - March 10th