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Don’t forget! The clocks have gone back in Malta

If you’ve woken up in a state of confusion today wondering what time it is, you’re not alone.

It may happen twice every year in Malta, but the changing of the clocks to go either backwards or forwards seems to throw us every time.

This is when the clocks went back last night and when you can expect them to go forwards again, so you can mark it in your diary in advance for 2020.

Did the clocks go back last night?

Yes, the clocks did indeed go back very early this morning on Sunday 27 October 2019.

Malta reverted to Central European Time at 3am, when it became 2am again.

This might mean that you got to enjoy an extra hour of sleep this morning – maybe without even realising it.

How will I know if my smartphone has the right time?

Your date and time preferences can be found in settings – on an iPhone, select ‘general’, ‘date and time’ and make sure the ‘set automatically’ button is in green, with the time zone set to Berlin, Paris or CET.

How do I remember which direction to change the clocks?

It’s pretty straightforward once you remember the phrase ‘Spring forward, Fall back’.

The clocks go forward an hour on the last weekend in March and back on the last weekend in October. Easy!

Why do we change the clocks?

Did you know that the moving of the clocks was first introduced in the First World War to save coal usage?

Germany and Austria adopted it first, followed by the British Empire, including Malta.

When do the clocks go forward again in 2020?

Now that the clocks have gone back for the winter, we won’t see them change again until spring next year. The clocks will go forward one hour on Sunday March 29 2020.