All about time change in Malaga and Spain

In Spain there are two time changes, one in March and one in October. Know when and why we change our clocks and what is the time difference between Malaga and UK.

When do the clocks go back in October?

When is the time change in Spain?The clocks go back on the night leading up to the last Sunday in October. In 2017 the change will be early in the morning from Saturday 28 to Sunday 29 October.

The exact time the time changes is at 3:00 a. m., which will change to 2:00 a. m. So from then on it will get dark and dawn earlier.

Therefore from the last Sunday in October the clock will be moved backward by one hour. We now have the well-known winter time.

The official regulation of daylight saving time would not come into effect until 1981. It was then established the hour change would be on the last Sunday in March and last Sunday in September, although the latter would eventually change in 1996 to the last Sunday in October.

When and how is the time change in March to daylight saving or summer time?

In March, the clock change in Spain is in the early morning from Saturday to the last Sunday of the month. In 2018 it will be the night of Saturday the 24th to Sunday the 25th of March.

The clock change in March at 2:00 am, will change to 3:00 am. From that Sunday, dawn and dusk will arrive later, so it is called summer time.

Why do the clocks change in Spain?

The first clock change proposal came from the UK with the aim of saving electricity on the longest days of the year. In 1918, the so-called ‘daylight saving’ was approved worldwide.

In Spain however, this decision was not taken unilaterally. During the civil war, the two parties at war had different timings. This clock difference would be unified at the end of the war.

The official regulation of daylight saving time would not come into effect until 1981. It was then established the hour change would be on the last Sunday in March and last Sunday in September, although the latter would eventually change in 1996 to the last Sunday in October.

Why is the time zone in Spain wrong?

The time zone in Spain should correspond to others like United Kingdom, Portugal or the Canary Islands due to its geographical location.

On March 16,1940 and under a dictatorship, the clocks were set at 12 pm instead of 11 pm. But why did this happen?

According to a report of that time it was to be in accordance with other European countries, but it seems that it was more of a gesture towards Berlin. This change is something England and France also did, although at the end of the war England returned to its natural time zone, while France and Spain did not.

What is the time difference between UK and Malaga or Spain?

Spain and Malaga are 1 hour ahead of the United Kingdom. In Spain only Canary Islands have the correct time zone.

In a near future is possible that Malaga and UK will share the same time zone, when it happens I will be here to tell you.

Visiting Malaga in March – What is the weather like?

The month of March has begun with temperatures more similar to the months of April and May in Malaga. A beginning that anticipated an early spring but there are still surprises.

From 22 and 23 March there is a cold front that can put temperatures below 20 ° C,  however this situation will not last too long.

March is characterized by pleasant temperatures that make you able to enjoy a day at the beach and even bathing in the sea.

What is the weather like during March in Malaga?

March is the transition month, a transition between winter and spring. Although officially the spring begins on March 20, Malaga is usually ahead and at the beginning of the month you can experience a major change in temperature.

Rain can happen during March in Malaga but it is not usual. In 2017 it did rain  on the first weekend of the month, but the week started with temperatures above 20º as you can see below.

The highest temperature recorded was 31.4ºC on 26th of March in 1988.

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From next week you can see a remarkable increase of temperatures next to sunny days.

March in Malaga is characterized by pleasant temperatures that make it possible to enjoy a day at the beach and even taking a bath into the sea, although the water temperature can still be cold, especially for Spanish…something that does not look to affect Europeans who come from countries where temperatures in winter are below zero.

How is March in Malaga?

I could not avoid thinking that many would envy being in my place in that moment.

Last weekend I went to eat at a beach bar in Carvajal (Fuengirola) and I was able to enjoy a splendid day. I have to highlight the ease of finding parking  very close to the place (I have been to the same place last summer in August and then I had to park little more far than this day).

It seems that more people had the same idea as me. Shortly after sitting and asking for the food many more people arrived … but I was able to choose a table without having to made a reservation before.

I could see how an increasing number of people (many of them tourists) decided to spend the day at the beach or simply stroll along the shore. A number still far from what we can find in July or August but big enough to realize that they are really enjoying the good weather.

Any day of March in Malaga

From March in advance any day is good to stroll along the shore and enjoy the beach

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I could not help thinking that many would envy being in that moment in my place. Facing the sea and enjoying fried fish next to an ice cold beer. I missed walking by the shore. Next time, wanna join?