Every year with the arrival of the last weekend of March there is also a new time change. The afternoons have more hours of sun and spring begins to show its best face. Favorable weather that will be especially noticeable in the coming Holy Week.
The first proposals to change the time in summer and also another one in winter curiously bear the name of Benjamin Franklin.
In the decade in which he was the United States ambassador to France, between 1775 and 1785, he signed several commercial agreements and influenced the American Declaration of Independence. In addition, he also published a manifesto in the Parisian newspaper The Journal with different measures to save on the use of light.
The idea of a time adjustment of the one who would later be president of the United States did not come to fruition then in Europe. It would take more than a century to implement.
First, British builder William Willet proposed making 20-minute time changes weekly. However, already in World War I, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany applied the current time change for the first time on April 30, 1916.
As usual, the first time change of the year occurs on the last Sunday of March. Specifically, the clocks will have to be set at 02:00 in the morning from Saturday 25 to Sunday 26 March. Thus, they will go from 02:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m., that is, in this time change one hour is advanced.
Residents of the Canary Islands will change the time in 2023 at 1:00 a.m. At that time, they will advance their clocks 60 minutes to 2:00 a.m. on March 26, 2023.
In Spain the adjustment of the clocks twice a year was carried out from 1940.
The truth is that it does not seem that this is going to be the last time change, according to the calendar published in the BOE by the Ministry of the Presidency.
The Government has set the start and end of summer time until 2026, since there is no progress in the negotiations in Europe to set a definitive time and thus eliminate the seasonal change.
The DST period until 2026 will take place on the following dates:
In the European Union, the lack of consensus between the different countries has not allowed a decision to be made, despite the fact that Brussels questions its usefulness and proposes its elimination.
On the other hand, in the United States the Senate approved keeping the summer time fixed in 2023 and not making any changes in the next month of November. However, this initiative has not yet been endorsed by the Biden government.
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