Home   Time Zones   Time Zone News   Cuba switches to DST on April 1, 2012

Cuba switches to DST on April 1, 2012

RSS

Published 1-Mar-2012

Illustration image

Have a cigar: These two Cubans will have lighter evenings soon.

©iStockphoto.com/Ratstuben

Clocks in Cuba will move 1 hour forward from midnight (00:00) to 1am (01:00) in the early morning of Sunday, April 1, 2012.

In Cuba, daylight saving time (DST) is used as a way to save energy, by reducing the need for artificial lighting in the early evening.

DST dates Worldwide - first half of 2012
DST dates Worldwide - second half of 2012

During daylight saving time, Cuba is 4 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), or UTC -4 hours. When observing standard time, the Caribbean island is 5 hours behind UTC.

Cuba is scheduled to end DST on Sunday, 11 November, 2012, at 1am when clocks are turned back 1 hour to midnight. However, Cuban authorities have been known to alter DST dates on short notice.

In 2011, daylight saving time ended on November 13.

Guantanamo Bay Naval Base

Regardless of Cuba’s daylight saving schedule, the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base observes daylight saving time in synchronization with its Florida headquarters in the United States.

History of DST in Cuba

Daylight saving time was first introduced in Cuba in 1928, but it was not widely accepted until World War II. After the war, DST was no longer observed until 1965. From 2004 to 2006, the country remained on daylight saving time year-round. Since then, clocks were moved between standard time and DST every year.

timeanddate.com will provide more information on the length of the 2012 daylight saving schedule as it becomes available.

Advertising

You might also like

When Is the Equinox?

When Is the Equinox?

The Vernal (Spring) Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere is the Autumnal (Fall) Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere. more

Try the Night Sky Map!

Try the Night Sky Map!

Find and track planets in the sky with our new Interactive Night Sky Map. Point your mobile at the sky to follow an object, or play around with the timeline. more

Commuters and tourists in Canary Wharf, London, United Kingdom.

Daylight Saving Time (DST)

Daylight Saving Time (DST) is the practice of setting the clocks forward one hour from standard time during the summer months, and back again in the fall, in order to make better use of natural daylight. more

Business watch and one hundred dollar bill

History of DST

History of Daylight Savings Time (DST). Who invented it and in what year? What is the purpose of having a time change every year and when did Daylight Saving Time start? more