Central Time (CST/CDT)

View current time now in the Central Time Zone (USA and Canada)

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  • Daylight Saving Time began: Sunday 8 March 2020  02:00 local time. Clocks went forward one hour.
  • Daylight Saving Time ends: Sunday 1 November 2020 02:00 local time. Clocks go back one hour.

USA and Canada past and future DST schedules here

Daylight Saving 2020

US Cities in the Central Time Zone

Chicago, Little Rock, Houston, New Orleans, Milwaukee. All observe DST rules.

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 Central Standard Time or CST) and 5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-5) during the summer months (referred to as Central Daylight Time or 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 use Daylight Saving Time and remains on CST or GMT-6 all year.

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