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Current daylight saving dates for USA
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME
- Daylight Saving Time began: Sunday 11 March 2018 02:00 local time. Clocks went forward one hour.
- Daylight Saving Time ends: Sunday 4 November 2018 02:00 local time. Clocks go back one hour.
USA and Canada past and future DST schedules hereDaylight Saving 2018
What is the Central Time Zone?
The Central Timezone is an area 6 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time ( GMT-6 ) during the winter months (referred to as CST) and 5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time ( GMT-5 ) during the summer months (referred to as CDT). At the moment, the following schedule is used:
From 2 A.M. on the second Sunday in March to 2 A.M. on the first Sunday in November, Daylight Saving Time is in effect. At all other times, Standard Time is in effect.
NB The Canadian province of Saskatchewan does not adopt Daylight Saving Time and remains on CST or GMT-6 all year.
Do clocks in the Central Timezone observe Daylight Saving Time?
In most states in the USA and in most provinces in Canada, Daylight-Saving Time ( DST ) is observed. During DST the time is shifted forward by 1 hour to Central Daylight Time (CDT); which is 5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time ( GMT-5 ).
After the Summer months Central Time is shifted back by 1 hour to US Central Standard Time (CST) or (GMT-6).