Current time in the Central Time Zone
Central Daylight Time is only in use between March and November, when Daylight Saving Time (DST) rules are applied.
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In Summer: Central Daylight Time (CDT)
What is Central Daylight Time?
Central Daylight Time is 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 Time Zone 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 Time Zone 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).
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