Daylight saving ends for parts of Australia this weekend


The days are getting colder in Australia, meaning daylight saving is coming to an end.

This weekend, on Sunday, April 7 at 3am, all clocks in Australia will move back one hour for residents in Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory.

Australia first adopted daylight saving time during the first and second world wars, hoping to reduce energy usage.

Then Tasmania permanently introduced daylight saving in 1968, while NSW, Victoria, SA and the ACT adopted it from 1971.

The shifting hours give Australians extra evening sunlight for social activities and exercise after work or school.

Daylight saving also helps reduce the change of energy outages, according to associate professor Virginie Masson. “It spreads the load of networks, rather than having peak times where you could potentially have issues with excess demand for your electricity,” she said.

Queensland and Western Australia have dumped the practice due to its unpopularity while the Northern Territory never tried it again after the second world war.

Source: The Guardian.




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