Winter time starts: the clock backwards an hour

In the night from Saturday to Sunday, winter time begins. The clock is set back one hour at 3 o‘clock in the morning. It may be one of the last times that we shift an hour with time, because the European Parliament wants to get rid of the six-monthly shift of the clock.

The winter time is the standard time. On the shortest day of the year, December 21st, it will light around a quarter to nine and the sun will set around half past five. At the end of March, the clock will be set one hour ahead in all EU countries. On 21 June it will be light around half past six and the sun will set around ten o’clock. This so-called daylight saving time is set to make the hours of light in the summer months better correspond to the hours when people are awake. For example, it would save electricity, because it stays light for an hour longer in the evening.

Opponents doubt that and many people say they are physically bothered by shifting time: it disrupts the biological clock. It is expected that the six-monthly change of the clock will come to an end in the long term. A majority of the European Parliament wants it from 2021 onwards, and the EU Member States can decide whether to switch permanently to summer or winter time, but Parliament has adopted a deferral clause to prevent the confusion of different times.