Clocks spring forward on 31 March

Daylight Saving Time 2019 begins on 31 March.

Don’t forget to set your watches and clocks forward one hour at 02.00 Central European Time (CET) on Sunday 31 March.Central European Summer Time (CEST) will be with us until the last Sunday of October, which falls on 3 November this year.

The only country in Europe not to make the most of extra daylight hours during the summer is Iceland which stays on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) all year round.

However it could be one of the last times that Europe is required to change its clocks. The European parliament has backed a proposal to stop the obligatory twice-yearly clock change from 2021. The 28 member states will be required to choose either permanent summer time or winter time but must co-ordinate their choices to minimise risk of economic disruption in cross-border trade.

There are currently three different time zones in the EU: three countries operate under GMT (UK, Ireland and Portugal), 17 have Central European Time (GMT+1) and eight have Eastern European Time (GMT+2).