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Cuba switches to DST on March 10, 2013

The Cuban government has decided to switch to Daylight Saving Time (DST) at midnight between Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10, 2013. Clocks will be advanced one hour to 1am (01:00) local time.

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Clock tower in Cuba's capital, Havana.


DST dates Worldwide - first half of 2013

DST dates Worldwide - second half of 2013

Follows U.S. and Canada

Cuba will begin observing DST on the same day as the United States, Canada, and some other countries in the Americas. In the past, the Caribbean country had followed a separate DST schedule.

DST switches in Cuba

timeanddate.com will provide updates on the length of the 2013 DST schedule as more information becomes available.

Time in Cuba

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.

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.