Yes, the cows are fading and the curtains are confused. This morning at 2am/3am the clocks in NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and SA went forward one hour in all the households were people remembered/could be bothered changing the time before they went to bed.
For many this will mean that those few moments of daylight that greeted you when you woke up in the morning are now an annoying hour into your future, your kids/partner/pets/neighbours/parents/housemates are cranky and you can’t enjoy the extra hour of sunlight at the end of your day because everyone is cranky/tired/hangry/clogging up the roads or public transport. For others who thought that waking up at the usual time bodyclock wise but closer to get out of bed and get to work time comes the crashing realisation that it just means instead of a leisurely extra hour to get everything sorted before going to work you are hurrying/panicking/yelling at the kids/pets/neighbours/housemates/partner/s/inanimate objects and not enjoying that extra hour of sunlight at the end of the day because everyone still has the shits with you from this morning and/or your keys still haven’t magically reappeared.
So this year we will have a handy ready reckoner for people living with and without Daylight Saving time. Because that will make…nah I got nothing.
First: when, please FSM, will this end?
Sunday April 7 clocks go back one hour.
I want to talk to someone in WA, how long until they wake up?
Well I guess it depends how many times you call them and whether they answer the phone or not. To be nice to someone in WA by calling at a reasonable hour (which will of course vary person to person) subtract 3 hours from the Daylight Savings time (DST) if you live in NSW, ACT, Vic or Tas. If you live in SA subtract 2.5 hours from the current DST to get the time in WA. Queenslanders subtract two hours to get the time in WA. WA you are on your own on this one.
What about NT?
NT doesn’t do DST either, so from the eastern states subtract 1.5 hours from DST to get the current time there. For SA subtract 1 hour. For WA residents nothing has changed for you, nothing to see here.
Queensland is a bit easier since they are on the same time zone as us most of the year and sensibly stick with it. In the eastern states subtract one hour from DST, in SA 1/2 hour from DST. WA and NT as you were.
What about my rellies in NZ?
NZ has already started their Daylight Savings time, they started on the last Sunday in September and finish on the first Sunday in April. So the time difference between NZ and eastern states doing DST is +2 hours to get New Zealand time. For Queenslanders +3 hours, for WA +5 hours, for NT +3.5 and for SA +2.5. Take it from me, NZ rellies don’t generally appreciate being woken up by their Aussie rellies calling because they can’t remember the time difference.
So there it is. Now it is time to either kick back and enjoy that sunlight or grit your teeth and wait for April.
*All care and no responsibility is taken for the accuracy or otherwise of this post. If I am horribly horribly wrong anywhere, more than usual, please let me know in comments ;)