Winter time begins as clocks go back

Sat, Oct 27, 2012, 01:00

Road users were urged to take extra care on the roads this weekend, as the clocks go back and temperatures turned colder.

The clocks go back an hour at 2am tomorrow morning, marking the official end of summer time and the start of longer nights.

The practice began during the First World War as a way to save coal, and was adopted on a more permanent basis by Britain in 1923, with Ireland following.

After today’s cold temperatures, tomorrow is expected to see a return of milder conditions, with temperatures rising as high as 12 degrees. However, parts of the country will be hit with rain showers.

Gardaí have urged motorists to be vigilant, and called on them to be “winter ready” and prepare their vehicles for colder weather.

The AA has urged road users to check lights on cars, wiper blades and tyres ahead of more difficult weather.