It's time to fall back: summer time ends this weekend, marking the start of winter

Summer time gives you longer daylight hours during the summer, and all that ends on Sunday.

Samantha Tatro

Written by Samantha Tatro Published on 21.10.2020 10:28:00 (updated on 21.10.2020) Reading time: 1 minute

Central European Summer Time (CEST), which gives you some extra daylight during the summer, ends at 3 a.m. local time on Sunday, Oct. 25. Plan on setting your clocks back an hour before you go to bed on Saturday night.

What does this mean for you? During the days leading up to Christmas, expect less sunlight and more darkness; after Christmas, the days will gradually get longer and you'll start to see more sunlight.

The Czech Republic has been using summer time for 40 years now. The Members of the European Parliament (MEP) voted back in 2019 to eliminate summer time and instead just stick to one year-round standard.

However, member states in the Council of the European Union have not decided which time they will use, or when the change will go into effect officially.

"Negotiations on this topic are practically not taking place at the level of the European Union, partly due to coronavirus. It cannot be ruled out that the cancellation of the time change will have to be postponed," a Ministry of Transport spokesman told

Summer time was first adopted in the Czech Republic to help people save on electricity. Because of the shift, more people were awake during daylight hours and saved on electricity spending as a result. However, in the past, electricity companies have said that the change really has no effect on consumption.

In the EU, the time changes on the same day each year: the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October. In other countries, like the U.S., the dates are different. The U.S. will not end daylight saving time until Nov. 1 this year.

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