Winter 2019 Time Change: What Date and Why?

The date of the winter 2019 time change is set for Sunday 27 October 2019 at 2 a.m.: the hands will then have to be moved back by one hour… so much more sleep! And this until 29 March 2020, the date of the next changeover to summer time The time change was originally motivated by energy savings, but a European vote acknowledges the end of the time change in 2021.

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The winter time change is getting closer. Get ready to set your clocks back by an hour on the weekend of October 26-27: we switch to winter time on Sunday 27 at dawn! Here’s everything you need to know about the time change.

Date of winter time change 2019

On October 27, 2019, you will need to set the hands of your clocks back one hour in the same direction as in this illustration / Credit:

In 2019, the time change is still in effect – so be prepared to change back towinter time on Sunday 27 October 2019 at 2am. Since daylight saving time is the change during which you gain one hour of sleep, you will need to set the hands back one hour as shown in the illustration above. In other words, at 2 a.m. that Sunday morning, it will actually be 1 a.m.

The next changeover to winter time will take place on Sunday, October 25, 2020.

Date of daylight saving time change 2020

On March 29, 2020, you will have to advance the hands of your clocks by one hour in the same direction as in this illustration / Credit:

The next time change to daylight saving time will take place on Sunday 29 March 2020: at 2:00 in the early morning it will actually be 3:00. The changeover to winter time is the most unpleasant, as it causes you to lose an hour’s sleep – so you should advance the hand on your clocks by one hour (as shown in the illustration above).

Since 1996, time change dates have been the same throughout the European Union Daylight saving time is therefore switched simultaneously on the same day at the same time in all 27 Member States. Who have agreed to change the time twice a year, with a changeover to summer time set from the last Sunday in March.

The time of the changeover, 2 a.m. on a Sunday morning, was chosen to minimise any risk of disruption to transport and telecommunications. There should not, a priori, be any further changes in time – France should remain on daylight saving time 365 days a year from this year onwards.

Unless the adoption of the measure is delayed until 2022 in the event that the implementation of the abolition of the time change proves to be more complex than expected.

Read also: Will Your Smartphone Switch to Daylight Saving Time Automatically?

Why do we change the time?

In France, the first changeover to summer time took place on 14 June 1916, and lasted until 1945 at the end of the Second World War when it was changed back to constant time. The idea, initially, is to reduce energy waste at a time when lighting is one of the most important items of energy consumption. Moving an hour forward or backward allows for varying lighting needs, especially in offices and businesses that have legal opening and closing hours.

The return of the time change took place in 1976 in the wake of the 1973 oil shock. At the time, public and private lighting was still mainly based on energy-intensive incandescent lamps. However, despite the recovery, and the shift to more efficient energy devices (LED lighting, the disappearance of filament lamps and energy consumption indices for a wide variety of appliances), the time change has persisted. And was even harmonised in the European Union in the early 2000s.

According to an ADEME study, however, the more widespread the use of energy-efficient products and appliances, the less real the benefits of the system. The agency notes that savings are still being made on lighting, but they are limited. A joint study with EDF, ADEME and the Ministry of Industry had concluded that it was possible to save 0.015% of total energy consumption in 2014 thanks to summer time. In other words, not much.

Is changing the time bad for your health?

This is a recurring criticism of the time change: it would be bad for your health. Several recent studies show that advancing the time in the spring can temporarily reduce sleep time. This would increase the number and severity of cardiac events for at least seven days after the time change. Beyond that, there would be more accidents at work and in traffic.

In France, the return to winter time leads to a peak in accidents for about a week, particularly at the end of the day when the accident surplus reaches up to +47% for pedestrians. Beyond that, it poses problems in telecommunications and international transport. So he’s been questioned for a long time

A report submitted to the Senate in 1997 estimated that“the announced or expected benefits of the biannual time change are not significant enough to compensate for the disadvantages felt by the population”. The question of its abolition has been regularly on the table for several years.

When does the time change end?

Since September 2018 and until 3 March 2019, a large public consultation asked Europeans to vote for or against the time change. This consultation resulted in a genuine plebiscite in favour of abolishing the twice-yearly time change. For example, the French consultation received 2,103,999 responses with “83.71% of respondents [who expressed an opinion] to stop the time change twice a year”.

Similar consultations elsewhere in Europe overwhelmingly produced similar results. As a result, the issue was discussed by MEPs who decided on Tuesday 26 March 2019 to abolish the seasonal time change from 2021 to 2019. Nevertheless, the text specifies that “Member States will retain the right to decide their time zone”. A majority of French people supported maintaining daylight saving time.

All that remains now is to implement it, which could create some amazing situations. Some of the countries bordering France which have until now had the same time could suddenly find themselves with a time difference. But we can be sure that by then, the Member States of the Union will be able to coordinate to avoid any situation which would penalise telecommunications, transport and frontier workers.

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