Daylight saving time starts on Sunday night. The clock will move to 03:00 by 02:00, so the night will be one hour shorter. In transport, the transition will be reflected in the fact that the night train will be one hour late. Daylight saving time will apply for the next seven months. On the last day of October, Central European Standard Time, mistakenly referred to as winter, returns.
In summer time, the time given by each time zone is not used, but the time used is usually shifted forward one hour. This also means that the actual sunrise and sunset times and daylight hours will shift. Instead around 12:00, the Sun will cross the local meridian during the summer until around 13:00.
The purpose of introducing daylight saving time was originally to save electricity, which would otherwise be needed for night lighting, but according to energy experts, the time change didn’t bring much electricity savings. According to some experts, the change in time has a negative effect on human health and psyche.
In 2018, the European Commission proposed removing the time change, but left it up to member states to agree on which time would apply throughout the year. That didn’t work, so the Czech government approved regulations in September last year, according to which times will change in subsequent years as well.
Daylight saving time was first introduced on Czech soil in 1915 and 1916. It reappeared during the Second World War in 1940 and lasted until 1949. Czechs started advancing their clocks a third time during the energy crisis of the late 1970s. Until the mid-1990s, daylight saving lasted half the year in the Czech Republic. Since 1996, the country has joined EU customs and the hiatus lasts seven months.
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