Updates: 29.10.2021 06:10
Released: 29.10.2021, 6:10
Prague – On Sunday night, summer time ends and standard Central European Time (CET) begins, for which the term winter is used. At 03:00 the clock will move back to 02:00, so the night will be an hour longer. Winter, astronomical time will apply for the next five months, ie until the last Sunday in March next year.
People have to move their wall or wristwatches themselves, the time in devices such as a phone or computer is automatically adjusted. Those who travel by public long-distance transport at the time of the time change will be on the road for an hour longer. In the middle of the night, night trains and buses wait for an hour at one station and leave according to Central European Time. The time change will affect four night long-distance trains in the Czech Republic Czech Railways and their partners, namely connections from Humenné to Prague and in the opposite direction to Slovakia and one pair of trains from Vienna to Berlin. All trains will wait for departure according to the new time in Bohumín.
According to the European Commission’s plan, the mandatory change of time was to end next year throughout the European Union, but the member states did not agree, so the time changes twice a year.
Summer time was originally introduced due to energy savings, which are now negligible. Experts point out, on the contrary, that the negative consequences for human health prevail. Some people complain of sleep deprivation or nausea due to a change in time with mental and physical performance. It takes them some time to reset the internal clock. In any case, when choosing the year-round time, according to experts, the zone time that applies in winter would be more favorable for humans.
Daylight saving time was first introduced in the Czech lands in 1915 and 1916. It returned during World War II in 1940 and lasted until 1949. For the third time, Czechs began to move their watches 40 years ago during the energy crisis. Until the mid-1990s, summer time in the Czech Republic lasted half a year. Since 1996, the republic has joined the customs of the EU and the time lag lasts for seven months.
In September, the government decided that summer time for the next five years, as before, would always start on the last Sunday in March and last until the last Sunday in October, as in most European countries. The Ministry of Labor wrote in the documents to the regulation that the uniform determination of summer and winter time in the EU for the coming years is essential for transport and the functioning of the market. “Summer time has been operating in Europe since 1979 with the excuse of Russia, Belarus, Iceland, Greenland and the Norwegian islands,” said the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs Jana Maláčová (CSSD) at the time.