British summer time now

BST time (UTC/GMT+01:00):

Country: United Kingdom
Time zone abbreviation: UTC/GMT
Time zone name: British summer time
Time offset: UTC/GMT+01:00

BST generally stands for “British Summer Time” and this particular time zone is used in the cities of European Union such as Paris, Prague, Madrid, Brussels, Bratislava and Warsaw. BST previously termed as “British Standard Time” is actually a summer daylight saving time which is one hour ahead of the UTC universal time. 

In UK, the Standard time is GMT that stands for “Greenwich Mean Time. Whereas British Summer Time is GMT+1.

The European clocks are set according to the Standard Time. The duration of standard time is as follows: 

BST in 2022

Standard Time starts: 27th March, 2022 at 01:00 GMT. Clocks move back one hour.

Standard Time ends: 31st October, 2022 at 01:00 GMT. Clocks move forward one hour.

British Summer Time Rule

The Daylight Saving Time often referred as DST is called as British Summer Time (BST) in the United Kingdom. United Kingdom (UK) consists of England, Wales and Scotland.

When British Summer Time begins the clocks are moved forward from GMT by one hour. And similarly when the BST ends the clocks are moved backwards by one hour. 

The changing of clocks on the same dates at the same time, 1:00 am GMT, is a practice that has been going on in the European Union since 1996. UK on the other hand was going through a transitional period till the end of 2020 that is the reason why it had left the European Union on the 31st of January 2020. Still, there have been no announcements regarding the post-EU Daylight Saving Time and its rules.


Why do we use BST?

As BST is known as the daylight saving time, it was implemented in order to keep the factories open and functioning for a longer period of time in summers to reduce unnecessary energy consumption.

Does Europe use BST?

Europe uses UTC, Universal Time Coordinated, a daylight saving time zone. British Summer Time (BST) is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

Is the United Kingdom still on summer time?

The British summer time will start on 27th March in 2022 and will end on 30th October 2022. This is the time when the clocks go back. And then during the early spring, the clocks are moved forward again according to the BST.

Which countries use British Summer Time?

Along with United Kingdom that uses British Summer Time as its daylight saving time, DST, but with a different title is Ireland with a time zone termed as IST, Irish Standard Time.

Why does the United Kingdom change time?

In 1907, William Willet started a campaign to stop people from wasting valuable hours of daylight in the peak summer months of the year. This was intended to save fuel and reduce energy consumption during wars. Fast forward to 1916, when parliament passed the Summer Time Act, thereby creating the British Summer Time (BST).

Is IST the same as BST?

IST (Irish Standard Time) is a daylight saving time used in Ireland whereas BST (British Summer Time) is used frequently in the United Kingdom.

Moreover, IST is almost 4:30 hours ahead of BST. So if you are in IST and have to make a conference call or manage a business, the most convenient time to accommodate all parties would be between 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm as in BST, this will be a usual working time of 9:00 am to 1:30 pm.

Why do clocks go back at 2am UK?

In the UK, the clocks are moved during the weekend usually in the middle of the night to ensure there’s no disturbance or disruption in the usual routines of businesses and schools. 

The clocks are always moved forward an hour at 1am on the last Sunday of March, and then moved back an hour at 2am on the last Sunday in October.

Why is Greenwich Mean Time in London?

As we know that the Prime Meridian at Greenwich is the center of the World time. This is because a decision was made to name Greenwich as a longitude of 0 degree in order to benefit the maximum number of people. 

How far behind BST is EST?

British Summer Time (BST) is more or less 5 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).

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