It’s finally getting warmer in the UK, which can only meet one thing – we’re getting into Spring.

Every Spring the clocks in the UK change, taking us from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to British Summer Time (BST).

While the clocks change every year, they still seem to catch many of us out.

Here’s everything you need to know about the clock change, and our tips for coping with it.

When do the clocks change?

This year, the clocks change on 31 March.

The exact change happens at 01:00 on 31 March, at which point the clocks go forward to 02:00.

Why do the clocks change?

Benjamin Franklin came up with the concept of changing the clocks in Paris in 1784.

The inventor suggested that people could save money on candles if they got up when it was lighter outside.

In 1907, this idea was brought to the UK by a builder called William Willett, who published a leaflet called The Waste of Daylight, encouraging people to wake up earlier.

Sadly, the UK government took some convincing to make the clock change official, and it wasn’t until 1916 – a year after Willett died – that the clock change was implemented in the UK.

When is the start of Spring?

There are two different definitions for Spring, and these both have different start dates.

The meteorological spring, which is based on the annual temperature cycle, will begin on 1 March 2019.

However, the astronomical spring, which is based on the position of Earth’s orbit in relation to the sun, begins on 20 March 2019.

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How to remember which way the clocks go

There’s an easy phrase you can remember to make sure you’re on top of the clock changes.

This is ‘spring forward, fall back’ – meaning the clocks go forwards in the spring, and back in the fall (autumn).

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