What would the end of Daylight Saving time mean for Austin?

What would you do with an extra hour of sunshine?

A sunrise over Auditorium Shores

Neither Hawaii nor Arizona observe Daylight Saving time.

Get ready to set your clocks back, as daylight saving time will conclude this Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2 a.m.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved the Sunshine Protection Act, which would end the twice-yearly clock change in 2023. However, the bill is still awaiting approval from the House of Representatives and President Joe Biden.

What does that annual “fall back” change mean for Austinites? Mainly, sunrise and sunset times will fall an hour earlier — meaning mornings will have more light, and evenings will get dark earlier locally. And obviously, you’ll get an extra precious hour of sleep.

If the Sunshine Protection Act were to be implemented — which would occur in November 2023 at the earliest — Austin would start to see late sunrises, around 8 a.m. or later, from late fall to early spring. On the flip side, the sun would never set before 6:30 p.m. from November-December, leaving Austinites with more daylight after work.

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