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Cyprus will fall back to winter time normally

On October 28, despite ongoing debate over summer versus winter time, clocks will move back


Daylight Saving Time will end normally on October 28 despite some EU states trying to opt out and people debating online whether they like to fall back or spring forward.

Next Sunday, October 28, clocks will have to be moved back one hour at 4am, at which moment time will shift backwards to 3am. People typically set their clocks backwards before going to bed and waking up with more light in the morning.

The Daylight Saving Time (DST) has been a tradition observed by many countries around the world and all EU member states. However, recent debate coupled with the advent of new technology and global business practices, changing clocks twice a year has become more of a nuisance for opponents of the DST.

Those in favour of keeping the DST practice include many Cypriots who argue that the island’s economy stands to benefit from an extra hour during the summer.

A non-binding online referendum by the European Commission to assess the EU summertime directive was launched in July in an attempt to evaluate whether or not the rules should be changed.

A total of 4.6 million people responded, with 84% calling for an end to the DST practice, which goes back to agrarian times.

If Brussels adopt the new rules, the Republic of Cyprus and all EU member states will have to decide by the end of April 2019 whether they wish to run on summer or winter time.

An official announcement is expected next week and Knews will remind readers just prior to Sunday, October 28. 

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