Goodbye, Daylight Savings! Hello, daylight, my old friend!

It is so much lighter in the mornings. And, so much darker at night!

At last, Australia has followed the world in changing its clocks.  The USA sprung forward with panache on the second Sunday of March.  Europe followed sedately as befits the old continent on the last Sunday of March.  Australia clutched the last vestiges of summertime until last Sunday, the first in April.  It’s harder when you are falling back into Autumn.

Well, I say Australia but, in fact, not all of Australia moves to daylight-savings or summer time.  Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland keep their clocks where they are.  The result of that is that in the summer there are 5 time zones across the continent.

  • NSW, Tasmania and Victoria – 11 hours ahead of GMT
  • South Australia – 10½ hours ahead of GMT
  • Queensland – 10 hours ahead of GMT
  • Northern Territory  – 9½ hours ahead of GMT
  • Western Australia – 8 hours ahead of GMT

Whereas now there are only three:

  • NSW, Queensland Tasmania and Victoria – 10 hours ahead of GMT
  • Northern Territory and South Australia – 9½ hours ahead of GMT
  • Western Australia – 8 hours ahead of GMT

To return to my original point, it is lighter in the morning again.  It was getting light here in Sydney about 7.15 and now, as you’d expect, we’ve got another hour’s daylight.  I love that.  Yes, I know the darkness will creep up on us again as the days pass but for now I relish the light and the early dawn.

Hello, daylight, my old friend!

With apologies to Simon and Garfunkel and “The Sounds of Silence” – “Hello, darkness, my old friend.”  See them sing it in New York in 2009, courtesy of YouTube.

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