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DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME
• Spring DST starts Sunday, 28 March 2021 at 2:00 AM. Forward clock one hour, turning 2:00 to 3:00 AM.
• Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later on 28 March than the day before. Daylight will encroach on the evening.
• DST ends Sunday, 31 October 2021. At 3:00 AM clocks are turned back 1 hour.
• European countries synchronize their DST. DST starts Sunday, 28 March 2021 and ends on the last Sunday of October. But local time for the change is different in each time zone.
• Most countries in Europe spring-forward 1 hour at 01:00 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time).
• Countries subscribing to DST: EU countries and most other European countries, including Norway and Switzerland.
THE EUROPEAN UNION
DST has grown increasingly unpopular. Those against DST say it disrupts biorhythms in both humans and livestock, thereby causing health problems. Because of the palpable negative sentiments, the EU conducted a poll in 2018 the result of which indicated overwhelming support for ending DST. The following year, the European Parliament voted to abolish DST by 2021 but so far the EU hasn’t come up with a plan to implement the 2018 vote. For the moment, the EU is leaving it to its member-states, individually, to decide whether to stick to, or drop, DST. So far no member-state has come forward with a rejection plan.
The blame for the “procrastination” is on the pandemic aggravated by Brexit. There simply is too much on everybody’s plate to be adding one more heap, worrying about what to do with the bi-annual changing of the clocks!
Featured image: Tulips by Yulia Khlebnikova on Unsplash; DST clock by Mike Licht, CC BY2.0 cropped
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