Daylight saving time: when does the time change? History, abolition, motivations

Sunday, 12/03/2023
Andrew Navarro

There are numerous rumors circulating on the web regarding the possible abolition of summer time, but we want to deny these rumors. At the moment, daylight saving time has not been abolished and it is only a proposal that will not be taken into consideration even for this current year.

So let's talk about when it comes into effect daylight saving time.

When does daylight saving time change to 2023?

The changeover to daylight saving time will take place between Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March 2023, as usual it will take place at night, precisely from 2 night it will automatically switch to 3 night.

Do you sleep an hour less or an hour more?

On balance, consequently, the Italians they will sleep an hour less in exchange for having the opportunity to enjoy an extra hour of sunshine the next day.

Why do they want to abolish summer time?

In recent years, daylight saving time has accounted for a great debate throughout the Union European. In July of 2018, the European Commission launched a survey which was answered below 4,6 million people, and 84% of them expressed a desire to abolish daylight saving time to keep only the natural time.

One of the main arguments was that i Northern countries, where the days are longer, would not benefit from daylight saving time, which instead is particularly useful for Southern countries, Like Italy. There have also been some studies that have tried to see if there are any health harms caused by the time change, but they have not produced conclusive results.

In March of 2019, the European Parliament decided that summer time would be abolished starting from 2021, leaving each state in the Union the choice of whether to maintain summer or winter time. But the stop has been renewed since pandemic has shifted attention to other issues, and some countries such as Italy must take into consideration postpone the abolition summer time to take advantage of more hours of daylight and thus save on electricity costs.

Why do summer time and winter time exist?

Daylight saving time is a conventional system in force in our country. During the summer time, one State can choose to adopt daylight saving time by moving the clock hands forward by one hour.

The solar time instead it refers to a system employed in the period wintry. Technically, solar time varies in every point of the globe as it refers to the position of the sun in the sky.

In Italy solar time coincides with the time of time zone of reference and is also called conventional civil time. In many other countries, however, a clearer terminology is used, speaking of summer time and winter time.

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When did daylight saving time start?

Daylight saving time is a practice that has spread to many countries and has distant roots. The idea of ​​regulating the time in relation to the length of the day dates back as far as the eighteenth century thanks to the American Benjamin Franklin. It was first introduced in Italy in 1916 for reasons related to the First World War, becoming definitive in 1966.

The European Union, in 2001, established that daylight saving time should start at 1.00 in the morning on the Greenwich meridian of the last Sunday di March and finish at 1.00 in the morning of the last Sunday of October. In Italy this means setting the clock at 2 in the morning and taking it to 3.

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