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Cuba Continues Daylight Saving Schedule in 2008

Cuba will officially observe daylight saving time at midnight between Saturday and Sunday when the clocks will turn one hour ahead to 1am on March 16, 2008.

Cuba starts Daylight Saving Time on March 16, 2008

Cuba Continues Daylight Saving Schedule in 2008

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Cuba will officially observe daylight saving time at midnight between Saturday and Sunday when the clocks will turn one hour ahead to 1am on March 16, 2008. Daylight saving time is used as a way to save energy by extending daylight, therefore reducing the need to use artificial lighting.

Supporters of Daylight Saving

Supporters of daylight saving time in Cuba believe that the extra hour of sunlight in the afternoon could counter for potential summer blackouts caused by power plant failures. Blackouts caused by power plant failures have occurred in Cuba’s recent past. In 2004 a thermoelectric power plant suffered a serious malfunction, causing a wave of blackouts of up to 12 hours each day. Other people, including expatriates, have expressed the need for the daylight saving time schedule to remain consistent each year.

Calls to Scrap Daylight Saving

Some Cubans see no benefit in daylight saving and have called for daylight saving time to be scrapped. Some people expressed discomfort with changing their body clocks in synchronization with the daylight saving hours. Others believed that the daylight saving changes did not help save energy. For example, in October 2007 an official from the Cuban Electric Union complained that energy consumption could increase as a result of daylight saving time.

During daylight saving time, Cuba is four hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and the same as Eastern Daylight Time in the United States and Canada. Regardless of Cuba’s daylight saving plans in the future, the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base observes daylight saving time in synchronization with their Florida headquarters in the United States.


Daylight saving time was first introduced in Cuba in 1928 but it was not widely accepted until World War II. After the war, daylight saving time was no longer observed until 1965. In 2004 Cuba remained on daylight saving time until October 29, 2006. Cuba was in a perpetual state of daylight saving time during that period. After two years operating all year-round without changing from “summer” to "normal" time, Cuba decided to re-establish standard time on October 29, 2006. Cuba again observed daylight saving time in 2007 and plans to stick to the daylight saving time schedule in 2008.

Dates of Daylight Saving Time 1980–2008

These are the dates Daylight Saving Time started and ended in Havana.

Current Local Times Around the World

AccraMon 7:24 pmCasablanca *Mon 8:24 pmKolkataTue 12:54 amReykjavikMon 7:24 pm
Addis AbabaMon 10:24 pmChicago *Mon 2:24 pmKuala LumpurTue 3:24 amRio de JaneiroMon 4:24 pm
AdelaideTue 4:54 amCopenhagen *Mon 9:24 pmKuwait CityMon 10:24 pmRiyadhMon 10:24 pm
AlgiersMon 8:24 pmDallas *Mon 2:24 pmKyiv *Mon 10:24 pmRome *Mon 9:24 pm
AlmatyTue 1:24 amDar es SalaamMon 10:24 pmLa PazMon 3:24 pmSalt Lake City *Mon 1:24 pm
Amman *Mon 10:24 pmDarwinTue 4:54 amLagosMon 8:24 pmSan Francisco *Mon 12:24 pm
Amsterdam *Mon 9:24 pmDenver *Mon 1:24 pmLahoreTue 12:24 amSan JuanMon 3:24 pm
AnadyrTue 7:24 amDetroit *Mon 3:24 pmLas Vegas *Mon 12:24 pmSan SalvadorMon 1:24 pm
Anchorage *Mon 11:24 amDhakaTue 1:24 amLimaMon 2:24 pmSantiago *Mon 4:24 pm
AnkaraMon 10:24 pmDohaMon 10:24 pmLisbon *Mon 8:24 pmSanto DomingoMon 3:24 pm
AntananarivoMon 10:24 pmDubaiMon 11:24 pmLondon *Mon 8:24 pmSão PauloMon 4:24 pm
AsuncionMon 3:24 pmDublin *Mon 8:24 pmLos Angeles *Mon 12:24 pmSeattle *Mon 12:24 pm
Athens *Mon 10:24 pmEdmonton *Mon 1:24 pmMadrid *Mon 9:24 pmSeoulTue 4:24 am
Atlanta *Mon 3:24 pmFrankfurt *Mon 9:24 pmManaguaMon 1:24 pmShanghaiTue 3:24 am
AucklandTue 7:24 amGuatemala CityMon 1:24 pmManilaTue 3:24 amSingaporeTue 3:24 am
BaghdadMon 10:24 pmHalifax *Mon 4:24 pmMelbourneTue 5:24 amSofia *Mon 10:24 pm
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BangkokTue 2:24 amHarareMon 9:24 pmMiami *Mon 3:24 pmStockholm *Mon 9:24 pm
Barcelona *Mon 9:24 pmHavana *Mon 3:24 pmMinneapolis *Mon 2:24 pmSuvaTue 7:24 am
BeijingTue 3:24 amHelsinki *Mon 10:24 pmMinskMon 10:24 pmSydneyTue 5:24 am
Beirut *Mon 10:24 pmHong KongTue 3:24 amMontevideoMon 4:24 pmTaipeiTue 3:24 am
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Budapest *Mon 9:24 pmKabulMon 11:54 pmOslo *Mon 9:24 pmWarsaw *Mon 9:24 pm
Buenos AiresMon 4:24 pmKarachiTue 12:24 amOttawa *Mon 3:24 pmWashington DC *Mon 3:24 pm
CairoMon 9:24 pmKathmanduTue 1:09 amParis *Mon 9:24 pmWinnipeg *Mon 2:24 pm
Calgary *Mon 1:24 pmKhartoumMon 9:24 pmPerthTue 3:24 amYangonTue 1:54 am
CanberraTue 5:24 amKingstonMon 2:24 pmPhiladelphia *Mon 3:24 pmZagreb *Mon 9:24 pm
Cape TownMon 9:24 pmKinshasaMon 8:24 pmPhoenixMon 12:24 pmZürich *Mon 9:24 pm
CaracasMon 3:24 pmKiritimatiTue 9:24 amPrague *Mon 9:24 pm

* Adjusted for Daylight Saving Time (64 places).

Mon = Monday, September 21, 2020 (108 places).
Tue = Tuesday, September 22, 2020 (35 places).

UTC (GMT/Zulu)-time: Monday, September 21, 2020 at 19:24:03

UTC is Coordinated Universal Time, GMT is Greenwich Mean Time.
Great Britain/United Kingdom is one hour ahead of UTC during summer.