What time are the clocks going back tonight – do we lose or gain an hour?

As summer gives over to winter, the time of year when we change our clocks is upon us.

The clocks on your smartphone and laptop will change automatically, but you will have to manually adjust the time on your oven, car, and wall clocks.

Once a year we set the clocks forwards an hour, and then once a year we set them back again – but which one is it tonight?

Here is all you need to know so you can sleep easy.

What time are the clocks going back tonight?

The clocks go back by one hour at 2am tonight.

We will shift from British Summer Time (BST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

The time change always happens on a Sunday, in the middle of the night, so the minimum amount of people and businesses are disrupted.

The change always falls on the last Sunday of October – last year that fell on October 27.

Do we lose or gain an hour when the clocks go back?

We gain an hour when the clocks go back.

So the minute after 1.59am will be 1am – who said time travel was only for Time Lords?

That means tomorrow morning, we get an extra dreamy hour in bed.

We’ll also now have an extra hour of daylight in the evenings, which is perfect for post-workday strolls.

The clocks will go forward again on March 28, 2021, at 1am.

Why do we put the clocks back and forward in the UK?

Benjamin Franklin thought up the idea in 1784, when he suggested that if there was more daylight in the mornings people would get up earlier, and people could save on candles.

However it was builder William Willett – the great-great-grandfather of Coldplay’s Chris Martin – who brought the practice to the UK in 1907 after he wrote about it in a pamphlet entitled The Waste Of Daylight, suggesting changing the clocks would encourage people to get up earlier.

The practice was later implemented by the Government in 1916 – a year after Willett’s death – during World War I.

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