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CST | CDT: Central Time

What's the current time now in the Central Time Zone?


Central Daylight Time is only in use between March and November, when Daylight Saving Time (DST) rules are applied.

Current daylight saving dates for USA

USA & Canada clocks are now on:


  • 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 here

Daylight Saving 2018

What is Central Daylight Time?

Central Daylight Time is the offset used in the Central Time Zone of the USA and most provinces in Canada during the summer months. It is 5 hours behind GMT.

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).

How many time zones does the USA span? Go from EAST TO WEST .

USA timezones
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For quick reference, the mini-clocks below tell you the time in some of them.

Time check before phoning USA

If you know the area code of the person you want to ring, use this tool to make sure it's not too early or to late to make that call.

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