Eastern Time (EST/EDT)
Current time in the Eastern Time Zone (ET) and other USA time zones
Daylight Saving Time (DST) rules and GMT/UTC offset
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Current daylight saving dates for USA
- Standard Time began: Sunday 4 November 2018 02:00 local time. Clocks went back one hour.
- Standard Time ends: Sunday 10 March 2019 02:00 local time. Clocks go forward one hour.
USA and Canada past and future DST schedules hereDaylight Saving 2018
What is the Eastern Time Zone?
The Eastern Time Zone 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 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 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).