When do the clocks go back?

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Autumn is here, the temperatures are dropping, the nights are fast drawing in – and soon it will be time to turn the clocks back an hour.

The time changes at 2am on Sunday, October 25, giving us an extra hour in bed.

How do I remember which direction to change the clocks?

An easy way to remember is using the old phrase: “Spring forward, fall back” (though this does mean you’re using the American term for autumn).

When the hour changes, we’ll be shifting from British Summer Time (BST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

The clocks always go forward an hour on the last weekend in March in spring and go back on the last weekend of October in autumn.

Why do we change the clocks?

Experts remain divided over the benefits of changing the clocks.

Reasons given in favour are that it saves energy, reduces accidents and crime and is good for business.

Those arguing against say there is no clear, decisive evidence it saves energy and point to potential health risks.