Why Does Daylight Saving Time Start at 2 A.M.?

Now that it’s time for Daylight Saving Time, most Americans, Europeans and others around the world will observe the annual shift, switching the clock forward one hour when it strikes 2 a.m. Spring Daylight Saving Time will add an extra hour of daylight at the end of the day.

Though many people think the custom helps farmers or saves energy, it’s really an economic measure, Michael Downing, author of Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time, tells TIME.

Contrary to another popular opinion, Daylight Saving Time is not federally mandated. States have the right to exempt themselves. Hawaii, most of Arizona and some American territories do not change their clocks, according to the Department of Transportation (DOT), which oversees Daylight Saving in the U.S.

When did daylight saving time start in the United States?
Naturally, the tradition is riddled with confusion. Colloquially referred to as “daylight savings time,” the custom only began within the last century. And, even with its recent origins, there’s still plenty to learn about Daylight Saving Time.

So why does Daylight Saving Time begin at 2 a.m.? We looked to the experts — and, in fact, there’s a simple reason why.

When is Daylight Saving Time 2019?
For the U.S., Daylight Saving Time 2019 starts on Sunday, March 10, at 2 a.m. As the pneumonic, “fall back, spring ahead,” says, we turn the clock to an hour later this Sunday for spring Daylight Saving Time. The fall date is Nov. 3, when we will take that hour off again. For fall Daylight Saving Time, we’ll gain an extra hour of sleep. But, for now, technically speaking, we lose an hour.

Will there be daylight savings time in 2019?

EU to stop changing the clocks in 2019. … All EU countries are required to move forward by an hour on the last Sunday of March and back by an hour on the final Sunday in October. Bulc said EU member states would have until April 2019 to decide whether they would permanently remain on summer or winter time.

What date do clocks go forward 2019?
In autumn the clocks go back one hour as the country reverts to GMT. In 2019 this will take place on Sunday, October 27, at 2am.

Sources: time.com


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