Winter is only months away, leaving many of us scrambling for the thermostat.
While the equinoxes and clocks changing forward and back happen around the same time of year – they aren’t actually related.
The date of the equinoxes are determined by the position of the moon, the Sun and the Earth while the date the clocks change is set by the government.
The date the clocks go back only changes each year because it is the last Sunday in October on the Gregorian calendar. The clocks go forward on the last Sunday in March.
Why do the clocks go back?
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He spent much of his life trying to convince people they should get out of bed an hour earlier in the spring to make the most of the brighter mornings, although he died just before it was brought in in 1916.
The year in question was notable too because it was in the middle of the First World War and it was thought it might help the war effort and improve the economy. That and save fuel.
Some people think the extra hour would be more valuable after work rather than before, and we should just scrap the whole clocks going back thing.
They say it could even lead to fewer road accidents and help people keep more active after work or school.