Israel Daylight Saving Time - Updates for 2018
Summer & Winter
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.
Up until 2013, the exact dates of the DST period was established annually according to the Jewish calendar and High Festival dates. Much haggling between the various political parties went on until a decision was finally made.
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.
|Year||Summer Time Begins||Summer Time Ends|
|2014||March 28||October 26|
|2015||March 27||October 27|
|2016||March 25||October 30|
|2017||March 24||October 29|
|2018||March 23||October 28|
|2019||March 29||October 27|
|2020||March 27||October 25|
There are now a total of between 212 - 219 daylight saving days per year in Israel.
Did you know?
- 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.
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