Daylight saving time for 2022 in the United Kingdom will begin at 1am on Sunday, 27 March meaning the clocks go forward one hour
It’s that time of year when the clocks go forward and everyone complains about getting an hour less sleep. Daylight saving time happens at the same time every year but, despite this, plenty of people still forget.
In the UK, the clocks go forward one hour at 1am on the last Sunday in March. They then go back by one hour at 2am on the last Sunday in October. The period when the clocks are one hour ahead is called British Summer Time (BST). There’s more daylight in the evenings and less in the mornings, which is often called daylight saving time. When the clocks go back, the UK is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). In 2022, the clocks go forward on March 27. They go back on October 30.
Your smart phone will change automatically, so when you wake up on Sunday morning, your phone should be telling you the correct time. However, you will of course still need to adjust any analogue timepieces you have.
When do the clocks go forward?
The clocks always go forward on the final Sunday of March, which means in 2022 they will change on Sunday 27 March. This is a day earlier than last year. In 2023, the date the clocks go forward will be March 26. The switch means we will get more daylight in the evenings, perfect for a sunny evening in a beer garden — you can see our pick of cracking beer gardens to enjoy here.
When the clocks go back in October, it will be the end of BST, or Daylight Saving Time (DST), and the UK reverts to GMT until the spring, the standard time zone against which all others in the world are referenced.
What time do the clocks go forward?
The clocks always change at the weekend, and in the middle of the night. And on Sunday, 27 March, the clocks will go forward at 1am — meaning it will immediately become 2am and you may feel like you have lost an hour of sleep.
The clocks always go forward on the final Sunday of March (Photo: Getty Images)
Why do we have British Summer Time?
This came about at the beginning of the 20th century when it was proposed by builder William Willett, who was reportedly angry at the fact that people were still asleep in bed despite the sun having risen hours ago. British Summer Time was adopted in Britain in 1916. There have since been campaigns for British time to be brought in line with other European countries, making it two hours ahead of GMT in the summer and one hour ahead in the winter.
Some people argue that that the clocks shouldn’t be turned back in October, but this would make sunrise in northern areas as late as 10am.