Spring Forward: Daylight Saving Time Begins Motzoei Shabbos

(AP) -

It’s time to spring forward again, as the country makes the switch to daylight saving time overnight Motzoei Shabbos.

The trade-off: gaining more evening light in the months ahead.

The government expanded daylight saving time in 2005 in an effort to save energy. It now begins on the second Sunday in March and continues until the first Sunday in November.

The official change occurs at 2 a.m. Sunday, local time, although people often change their clocks before going to bed Motzoei Shabbos.

Daylight saving time ends Nov. 3 (5 Cheshvan 5780, Motzoei Shabbos Parashas Noach).

Meanwhile, a committee at the European Parliament last week approved scrapping the twice-yearly clock change in the European Union – but with a two-year delay to 2021.

Last year, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker kicked off the debate with his proposal to halt the decades-old practice of daylight savings time in 2019, garnering support from about 3.8 million Europeans.

A majority of lawmakers on the European Parliament’s transport and tourism committee backed the Commission’s proposal.

The plenary will now have to approve the proposal, after which lawmakers will have to thrash out a common position with EU countries.

Currently, EU countries switch to summer time on the last Sunday of March and back to standard time on the last Sunday of October.