Summer Time

For us European-types, tonight marks the time when we put our clocks forward one hour onto summer time i.e British Summer Time (BST) in the UK and CEDT in most of the rest of Europe. The upshot is that Europeans and Russians will get an hour less sleep tonight whilst Australians will have one extra.

Daylight savings is a practice followed by many countries positioned away from the equator. It is mainly an attempt to shift daylight hours to a more suitable time for agriculture although I've always wondered why people can't just get up an hour earlier instead of us going through the twice-annual confusion especially as many parts of the world change on different dates. Interestingly, there are at least three major industrialised countries - Japan, China and India - that don't observe daylight savings and that makes up a significant fraction of the world's population that don't have to worry about it.

If only somebody would let the miserable British weather know that summer is supposed to be on the way.

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Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Saturday 29th Mar 2008 (21:34 GMT) | Permalink
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