Israel daylight saving time. Summer & winter time. Updates for 2020.
Hebrew:שעון קיץ ושעון חורף
In Israel daylight saving time (DST) or Summer Time commences on the Friday before the last Sunday of March when clocks are advanced by one hour. Daylight saving time comes to an end on the last Sunday of October, when clocks are set back, by one hour. This is known as Winter Time.
TO BE OR NOT TO BE? A decision has finally been made. Israel will NOT delay daylight saving time this year. The idea was raised in order to encourage social distancing and to minimize the number of people venturing outside during the current health crisis. The decision not to delay DST was based on the fact that the time changeover is pre-defined in computer software systems and updating would be problematic. The situation could have caused malfunctions and also could have affected hospitals and army sytems and preparedness.
Clock reflecting Summer DST
Up until 2013, the exact dates of the Israel Daylight Saving Time period was established annually according to the Jewish calendar and High Festival dates.
Every year, much haggling between the various political parties went on until a decision was finally made. Finally, in 2012 a bill was passed to the effect that the daylight saving hours would be extended and standardized. Israel Daylight Saving is now set to begin on the Friday before the last Sunday of March, and ends on the last Sunday of October.
Daylight saving time in Israel begins and ends
|Year||Summer Time Begins||Winter Time Begins
|2018||March 23||October 28|
|2019||March 29||October 27|
|2020||March 27||October 25|
|2021||March 26||October 31|
|2022||March 25||October 30|
There are now a total of between 212 - 219 daylight saving days per year in Israel.
Some interesting facts about daylight saving time?
- Thunder Bay in Ontario, Canada was the first location to use DST in 1908.
- Germany was the first country to introduce DST; clocks were advanced by 1 hour on April 30, 1916. The rationale was to minimize the use of artificial lighting in order to save fuel for the war effort during World War I. The idea was quickly followed by many of the European countries. However, they reverted back to standard time after World War I. It wasn't until World War II that DST made its return in most of Europe and in Israel.
- China does not have daylight saving time. The last time there was DST was in March 1991.
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