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Daylight saving time starts at night from Saturday to Sunday: clock advances one hour | NOW

Daylight saving time starts again. In the night from Saturday to Sunday, the clock advances one hour to 3:00 at 02:00. For those who wonder where to push the hands again in March (and October) every year, there is a mnemonic: in the spring the clock goes forward.

Due to summer time, the night from Saturday to Sunday is one hour shorter. From then on it will be darker longer in the morning, but longer light in the evening.

As a result of the latter, more people will still want to be outside late at night. For that reason, the curfew is also postponed by an hour, although that change will not take effect until next week. From next Wednesday, everyone does not have to stay in until 10 p.m., unless you have an exemption, for example because of your work or walking the dog.

Summertime had to save electricity

Daylight saving time was conceived to allow people to make more use of the available daylight. That could save on electric lighting. Opponents doubt this and many people say that the time shifts physically suffer: it disrupts the biological clock.

Daylight saving time has been in effect in the Netherlands since 1916, although different rules were applied since then. In fact, there was no daylight saving time at all from 1946 to 1976. Since 1996, DST starts on the last weekend in March and reverts to standard time on the last weekend in October. Winter time is actually the ‘normal’ time.

European Parliament’s plan is in the fridge

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A few years ago, it still seemed that the six-monthly resetting of the clock would eventually come to an end. A majority of the European Parliament wanted to stop this year.

The EU member states can decide for themselves whether to switch permanently to summer or winter time afterwards, but the parliament has adopted a postponement clause to avoid a jumble of different times. The Member States have not yet taken any decisions on it.

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