Standard and Daylight Savings Time

Standard and Daylight Savings Time

Daylight savings time (DST) is the convention of advancing clocks so that afternoons have more daylight and mornings have less. Typically, clocks are adjusted forward one hour near the start of spring (Daylight Savings Time) and are adjusted backward in autumn (Standard Time).

In NL, Daylight Savings Time (DST) begins one minute after midnight (12:01 a.m.) local time on the second Sunday in March. On the first Sunday in November, areas on Daylight Saving Time return to Standard Time at one minute after midnight (12:01 a.m.) local time.

In March, you move the clock ahead an hour and in November, you move the clock back an hour. A commonly-used saying to remember when the clocks go forward and back is “Spring Forward – Fall Back”. This term is meant to trigger your memory to set your clocks forward one hour in the spring at the start of DST, and one hour back in the fall when DST ends.

In North America, it is common to use the word “fall” to denote the season, while other English-speaking countries usually call it “autumn”. Therefore, “Spring Forward – Fall Back” is a phrase most often heard in the USA and Canada.

Another way to remember which direction to set your clock for DST is that in the spring, you bring out (or forward) the garden furniture and in the fall you put it back.

DST is called “summer time” in many countries

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