June 14th, 2007 at 11:31am
I was going to run this story yesterday but never got around to it.
Daylight Saving in Canberra will be extended by a month, starting next year, according to a press release from Chief Turnip Stanhope (I reserve the right to dislike him).
Next year Daylight Saving will start on the first Sunday in October and end on the first Sunday in April the following year, which is an extension of about about a month (although the difference would be slightly different each year) over the current system where it starts on the last Sunday in October and ends on the last Sunday in March.
This will make Daylight Saving a bit more sensible as it will be closer to having an equal amount on both sides of the summer solstice.
I do have to wonder how much further it will be extended though. Will it eventually grow to the point where it exceeds half a year? Which would effectively cause our official timezone to be an hour ahead of its current location, and the non-Daylight Saving period to be called “Daylight Wasting?”
I hope it doesn’t grow again, although I fear that it is inevitable, and we will see it happen some time in the next decade.