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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 00:00

Sunday 28th October 2018 - time stands still in Turkey

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In 2016 the Turkish government announced that it was pulling out of the biannual Daylight Saving Time (DST) protocol whereby countries advance their clocks by an hour in spring and fall back by an hour at the end of summer.

Turkey recently announced that this decision is permanent.  So on Sunday 28th October 2018 when many countries, including the UK, will put their clocks back Turkey will not do so.

This means that from Sunday 28th October 2018 to Sunday 31st March 2019 Turkey will be 3 hours ahead of UK time.  Then from Sunday 31st March 2019 we will revert to the usual difference of just 2 hours until the end of summer.

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This variable time difference has been welcomed by some but not all.  It's nice to keep more daylight in the evenings over the winter months but it's darker in the mornings than it would otherwise be for those going to work or to school.

It impacts on some TV viewing habits for those people who watch UK programmes.  TV dramas can often start at 21.00 in the UK, which will mean a time of midnight in Turkey from October onwards.

It's also necessary to think carefully about flight times - especially on the DST change dates.  If you have put events such as flight times in your mobile device or online calendar you need to check how your computer/device has dealt with Turkey not adjusting the clocks.

And if you are agreeing a time to Skype or FaceTime friends it will mean remembering whether you are 2 or 3 hours apart.

So when it's time for you to fall back in the UK, here in Turkey time will be standing still.

P.S.  There are over 190 countries in the world.  Only around 70 use DST and change their clocks twice a year - of these most are in Europe.  Is it more of a hinderance than a help?


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