28 Oct, 2022 @ 18:15
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Clocks in Spain to go back an hour on Saturday night

Clock puerta del sol Jorge Franganillo/Flickr
Clock puerta del sol Jorge Franganillo/Flickr

AT 3am on Sunday morning, the clocks in Spain will go back one hour, to 2am, as daylight saving time ends.

The change will also take place in other European Union countries, with the aim of taking advantage of the hours of daylight and reducing energy costs – something that will be more important than ever this year, given the ongoing energy crisis prompted by the war in Ukraine. 

There has been repeated debate in Spain over recent years as to whether the country should be on GMT rather than GMT+1 – i.e. an hour ahead of countries such as the United Kingdom and Portugal. There have also been calls for daylight saving time to be scrapped altogether

However, there have been no official moves either by the Spanish government nor the European Union to introduce changes, and for now the Official State Gazette (BOE) says that the clocks will continue to change twice a year in Spain at least until 2026.

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Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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