Fall sets in but like every year, the ritual of daylight saving occurs during different weeks on both sides of the Atlantic.

This year again we will rack our brains when the weekend arrives and that we want to call family or friends. So how is this going to work for Winter 2020?

It’s very simple: when we change to Winter time, we “delay” our watches by one hour. As a result, we sleep an “extra” hour on the night of the changeover, but we “lose” an hour of light at the end of the day for the coming months.

In practice, for France which changes time this weekend, between Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October, when the alarm clock will display 3 a.m., the French will change it at 2 a.m.

Since the United States switches to winter time a week later than France (on the night of Oct. 31 to Nov. 1), from October 25 to 31st, France will have only 8 hours of offset with California.

When it will be 9 a.m. in San Francisco, it will be 5 p.m. in France (instead of 6 p.m. now).

For those who are interested, a little history of daylight saving.

So we take advantage of the last beautiful afternoon for another week because, from Halloween onwards, it will be dark an hour earlier for us in California too.

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