Brazil Won't Change Clocks in 2019
There will be no further clock changes in Brazil in 2019. It is still unclear whether the country aims to abolish Daylight Saving Time (DST) altogether.
Daylight Saving Time has been permanently abolished in Brazil, according to the Senate bulletin of April 25, 2019.
No Clock Change in November 2019
According to a recent announcement, the country will not change its clocks for the upcoming DST period, which was scheduled to last from November 3, 2019 to February 16, 2020.
Uncertain Future for DST
It is expected, yet still uncertain, that the country will also halt all further clock changes. A government spokesperson stated that "this is the position for this year. For the next year, we will do further evaluation."
States Using DST in Brazil
Only some Brazilian states have observed yearly clock changes in the past. They are:
- São Paulo
- Rio de Janeiro
- Distrito Federal
- Santa Catarina
- Rio Grande do Sul
- Mato Grosso Do Sul
- Espírito Santo
- Minas Gerais
- Mato Grosso (with some exceptions)
Time in Brazil
Brazil has four time zones, stretching from UTC-2 to UTC-5 (standard time):
- UTC-2: includes areas such as the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha.
- UTC-3: this is largest time zone, comprising eastern and central areas, and including all states bordering the Atlantic coast (except some islands), from Pará and Amapá in the north to Rio Grande do Sul in the south; includes the Brazilian Federal District with the capital Brasilia.
- UTC-4: includes the states of Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Rondônia, Roraima, and most of Amazonas.
- UTC-5: comprises the state of Acre and the westernmost part of Amazonas (west of Tabatinga / Porto Acre).