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Daylight Saving Ends This Weekend

But Don't Wind Your Clock Back!

Daylight Saving Ends This Weekend

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Is everyone ready for another long weekend? Or at least a 1-hour longer weekend (for everyone unless you're Queensland and Western Australia).

Tomorrow night marks the end of Daylight Saving for another year, and we get an extra hour sleep, officially added at 3am.

Why do we do this again?
It's main purpose is to make better use of daylight during the summer months. We change the clocks forward an hour to give an extra hour of daylight from the morning into the evening.

If you live near the equator, day and night are nearly the same length all the time. But on other parts of the planet there is much more daylight in the summer than in the winter. The closer you live to the North or South Pole, the longer the period of daylight in the summer.

The idea of daylight saving was first conceived by Benjamin Franklin while he visited Paris in 1784.

So we wind the clocks back an hour?
NO! STOP! DO NOT wind your clock back an hour. At least that's what some experts say. Here's the rule: if your clock has a second hand, do not wind it backwards. Instead, wind forwards 11 hours. If you attempt to backset a clock which isn't designed to go backwards, you will reach a certain point where the hands will lock up.