On the last Sunday of October at 3 am the clock is set back by one hour. That means people have one more hour to sleep!
This means also that it suddenly gets darker one hour later. Beginning of November the sun rises shortly after 7 am and sets already at 5 pm!
Beginning of November is also the time when the beautiful and colourful autumn is slowly changing into winter. Temperatures often drop and the first snow appears in the higher areas. People should again get their cars equipped with snow tires.
This time switch also is called Daylight Savings Time (DST). The switch should help to make better use of natural daylight.
Lass than 40% of the countries worldwide use this method. Some studies suggest that the switch could lead to fewer road accidents and injuries as people enjoy more daylight while on the roads. Others claim that some people find it hard to adjust and a few suffer even some sleep deprivation.
The DST was introduced by the European Union in 1996. Switzerland being in the heart of Europe also decided to follow suit.
The time gets switched back into ‚summer mode‘ on the last Sunday of March. That is when spring really starts spreading.
I took this picture on lake Thun.