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British Summer Time (BST)

What's the UK time now? See: BritishSummerTime.co.uk

Frequently Asked Questions about UK Summer Time

When was British Summer Time (BST) introduced?

British Summer Time was introduced in the UK in 1916.

When was the UK on permanent British Summer Time?

British Summer Time was permanently in force during the Second World War from February 1940 until October 1945 and again from February 1968 until October 1971.

Double summer time was in force from 1941-1947 except for 1946.

What are the date rules for British Summer time (BST)?

The rule for 1981-1994 defined the start of Summer Time as the last Sunday in March and the end as the day following the fourth Saturday in October. The time of change was altered to 1 am (GMT).

When do the clocks in Europe change to Summer Time?

In 1996 all clocks in Europe were changed the same date for the first time.

From 1998 BST was kept from the last Sunday in March until the last Sunday in October. This has been adopted as a directive from the European Parliament and was effective from 1998-2001 inclusive.

In 2002 an order was made to link UK summer time (BST) to Europe permanently. This means that the clocks may change over the Easter weekend which historically has not been the case.

British Summer Time Dates (BST) since 1950

1950

Sun 16 April 1950 02:00

Sun 22 October 1950 02:00

 

1951

Sun 15 April 1951 02:00

Sun 21 October 1951 02:00

 

1952

Sun 20 April 1952 02:00

Sun 26 October 1952 02:00

 

1953

Sun 19 April 1953 02:00

Sun 04 October 1953 02:00

 

1954

Sun 11 April 1954 02:00

Sun 03 October 1954 02:00

 

1955

Sun 17 April 1955 02:00

Sun 02 October 1955 02:00

 

1956

Sun 22 April 1956 02:00

Sun 07 October 1956 02:00

 

1957

Sun 14 April 1957 02:00

Sun 06 October 1957 02:00

 

1958

Sun 20 April 1958 02:00

Sun 05 October 1958 02:00

 

1959

Sun 12 April 1959 02:00

Sun 04 October 1959 02:00

 

1960

Tue 19 April 1960 02:00

Sun 02 October 1960 02:00

 

1961

Sun 26 March 1961 02:00

Sun 29 October 1961 02:00

 

1962

Sun 25 March 1962 02:00

Sun 28 October 1962 02:00

 

1963

Sun 31 March 1963 02:00

Sun 27 October 1963 02:00

 

1964

Sun 22 March 1964 02:00

Sun 25 October 1964 02:00

 

1965

Sun 21 March 1965 02:00

Sun 24 October 1965 02:00

 

1966

Sun 20 March 1966 02:00

Sun 23 October 1966 02:00

 

1967

Sun 19 March 1967 02:00

Sun 29 October 1967 02:00

 

1968

Sun 18 February 1968 01:00

Tue 31 December 1968 00:00

BST all-year

1969

Wed 01 January 1969 00:00

Wed 31 December 1969 00:00

 

1970

Thu 01 January 1970 00:00

Thu 31 December 1970 00:00

 

1971

Fri 01 January 1971 00:00

Sun 31 October 1971 02:00

BST all-year ends

1972

Sun 19 March 1972 02:00

Sun 29 October 1972 02:00

 

1973

Sun 18 March 1973 02:00

Sun 28 October 1973 02:00

 

1974

Sun 17 March 1974 02:00

Sun 27 October 1974 02:00

 

1975

Sun 16 March 1975 02:00

Sun 26 October 1975 02:00

 

1976

Sun 21 March 1976 02:00

Sun 24 October 1976 02:00

 

1977

Sun 20 March 1977 02:00

Sun 23 October 1977 02:00

 

1978

Sun 19 March 1978 02:00

Sun 29 October 1978 02:00

 

1979

Sun 18 March 1979 02:00

Sun 28 October 1979 02:00

 

1980

Sun 16 March 1980 02:00

Sun 26 October 1980 02:00

 

1981

Sun 29 March 1981 01:00

Sun 25 October 1981 01:00

Moves in line with EU

1982

Sun 28 March 1982 01:00

Sun 24 October 1982 01:00

 

1983

Sun 27 March 1983 01:00

Sun 23 October 1983 01:00

 

1984

Sun 25 March 1984 01:00

Sun 28 October 1984 01:00

 

1985

Sun 31 March 1985 01:00

Sun 27 October 1985 01:00

 

1986

Sun 30 March 1986 01:00

Sun 26 October 1986 01:00

 

1987

Sun 29 March 1987 01:00

Sun 25 October 1987 01:00

 

1988

Sun 27 March 1988 01:00

Sun 23 October 1988 01:00

 

1989

Sun 26 March 1989 01:00

Sun 29 October 1989 01:00

 

1990

Sun 25 March 1990 01:00

Sun 28 October 1990 01:00

 

1991

Sun 31 March 1991 01:00

Sun 27 October 1991 01:00

 

1992

Sun 29 March 1992 01:00

Sun 25 October 1992 01:00

 

1993

Sun 28 March 1993 01:00

Sun 24 October 1993 01:00

 

1994

Sun 27 March 1994 01:00

Sun 23 October 1994 01:00

 

1995

Sun 26 March 1995 01:00

Sun 22 October 1995 01:00

 

1996

Sun 31 March 1996 01:00

Sun 27 October 1996 01:00

 

1997

Sun 30 March 1997 01:00

Sun 26 October 1997 01:00

 

1998

Sun 29 March 1998 01:00

Sun 25 October 1998 01:00

 

1999

Sun 28 March 1999 01:00

Sun 31 October 1999 01:00

 

2000

Sun 26 March 2000 01:00

Sun 29 October 2000 01:00

 

2001

Sun 25 March 2001 01:00

Sun 28 October 2001 01:00

 

2002

Sun 31 March 2002 01:00

Sun 27 October 2002 01:00

 

2003

Sun 30 March 2003 01:00

Sun 26 October 2003 01:00

 

2004

Sun 28 March 2004 01:00

Sun 31 October 2004 01:00

 

2005

Sun 27 March 2005 01:00

Sun 30 October 2005 01:00

 

2006

Sun 26 March 2006 01:00

Sun 29 October 2006 01:00

 
2007

Sun 25 March 2007 01:00

Sun 28 October 2007 01:00

 
2008

Sun 30 March 2008 01:00

Sun 26 October 2008 01:00

 
2009

Sun 29 March 2009 01:00

Sun 25 October 2009 01:00

 
2010

Sun 28 March 2010 01:00

Sun 31 October 2010 01:00

 
2011

Sun 27 March 2011 01:00

Sun 30 October 2011 01:00

 

References

  • More information on Daylight-Saving is here
  • When is British Summer Time (BST) scheduled?

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