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Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

Clock time and time zone standard

GMT stays the same all year round

Time at the Shepherd Gate Clock, at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, UK.


Greewich Mean Time is mean or average solar time at the Prime Meridian, 0 degrees longitude, in Greenwich, south-east of London, England, UK. At noon, when the sun is straight above Greenwich meridian, the clock at the Royal Observatory shows 12.00.

The word 'mean' is used to point out that GMT is an average of all the values recorded throughout a year, due to the specifics of the Earth's movement round its axis and round the Sun.(View here an excellent illustration of this planetary cycle)

GMT is not just a certain clock time, but something else too. So, what is GMT?

The rest of clocks in the UK will show the same time as the time at the Royal Observatory clock only when Daylight Saving (DST) is not in use.

When DST is in use, between March and October, the clocks will be on British Summer Time (BST), or GMT+1.

The United Kingdom is in the Western European Time Zone.

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