Daylight Saving Time

British Summer Time & Greenwich Mean Time

In the UK the clocks change to British Summer Time (BST) and Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) at 01:00 hours GMT on the last Sunday of March and October respectively.

When the change to BST occurs your clock will show 01:00 and so you should move it forward one hour to 02:00 making clock time appear to progress as...

00:59:58
00:59:59
02:00:00
02:00:01

...which looks like 01:00:00 to 01:59:59 just doesn’t occur!

Moving from GMT to BST has the effect of losing one hour of sleep for most people.


When the change to GMT occurs your clock will show 02:00 and so you should move it backward one hour to 01:00 making clock time appear to progress as...

01:59:58
01:59:59
01:00:00
01:00:01

...which looks like 01:00:00 to 01:59:59 occur twice that night but 02:00:00 just once!

Moving from BST to GMT has the effect of gaining one hour of sleep, or an extra hour awake, for most people.

British Summer Time

The start and end dates.

26th March to 29th October, 2017
25th March to 28th October, 2018
31st March to 27th October, 2019
29th March to 25th October, 2020
28th March to 31st October, 2021
27th March to 30th October, 2022

Changes occur at 01:00:00 GMT