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- Standard Time began: Sunday 5 November 2017 02:00 local time. Clocks went back one hour.
- Standard Time ends: 11 March 2018 02:00 local time. Clocks go forward one hour.
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What is the Eastern Time Zone?
The Eastern Timezone is an area 5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time ( GMT-5 ) during the winter months (referred to as EST) and 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time ( GMT-4 ) during the summer months (referred to as EDT). 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.
Do clocks in the Eastern 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 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT); which is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time ( GMT-4 ).
After the Summer months Eastern Time is shifted back by 1 hour to US Eastern Standard Time (EST) or (GMT-5).