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Cuba Continues Daylight Saving Schedule in 2008


Published 12-Mar-2008. Changed 13-Mar-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

It is hoped that the extension of daylight in the afternoons during daylight saving time would help alleviate electricity problems in Cuba.

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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

AccraTue 2:33 pmCasablanca *Tue 3:33 pmKolkataTue 8:03 pmReykjavikTue 2:33 pm
Addis AbabaTue 5:33 pmChicago *Tue 9:33 amKuala LumpurTue 10:33 pmRio de JaneiroTue 11:33 am
AdelaideWed 12:03 amCopenhagen *Tue 4:33 pmKuwait CityTue 5:33 pmRiyadhTue 5:33 pm
AlgiersTue 3:33 pmDallas *Tue 9:33 amKyiv *Tue 5:33 pmRome *Tue 4:33 pm
AlmatyTue 8:33 pmDar es SalaamTue 5:33 pmLa PazTue 10:33 amSalt Lake City *Tue 8:33 am
Amman *Tue 5:33 pmDarwinWed 12:03 amLagosTue 3:33 pmSan Francisco *Tue 7:33 am
Amsterdam *Tue 4:33 pmDenver *Tue 8:33 amLahoreTue 7:33 pmSan JuanTue 10:33 am
AnadyrWed 2:33 amDetroit *Tue 10:33 amLas Vegas *Tue 7:33 amSan SalvadorTue 8:33 am
Anchorage *Tue 6:33 amDhakaTue 8:33 pmLimaTue 9:33 amSantiagoTue 10:33 am
AnkaraTue 5:33 pmDohaTue 5:33 pmLisbon *Tue 3:33 pmSanto DomingoTue 10:33 am
AntananarivoTue 5:33 pmDubaiTue 6:33 pmLondon *Tue 3:33 pmSão PauloTue 11:33 am
AsuncionTue 10:33 amDublin *Tue 3:33 pmLos Angeles *Tue 7:33 amSeattle *Tue 7:33 am
Athens *Tue 5:33 pmEdmonton *Tue 8:33 amMadrid *Tue 4:33 pmSeoulTue 11:33 pm
Atlanta *Tue 10:33 amFrankfurt *Tue 4:33 pmManaguaTue 8:33 amShanghaiTue 10:33 pm
AucklandWed 2:33 amGuatemala CityTue 8:33 amManilaTue 10:33 pmSingaporeTue 10:33 pm
BaghdadTue 5:33 pmHalifax *Tue 11:33 amMelbourneWed 12:33 amSofia *Tue 5:33 pm
BangaloreTue 8:03 pmHanoiTue 9:33 pmMexico City *Tue 9:33 amSt. John's *Tue 12:03 pm
BangkokTue 9:33 pmHarareTue 4:33 pmMiami *Tue 10:33 amStockholm *Tue 4:33 pm
Barcelona *Tue 4:33 pmHavana *Tue 10:33 amMinneapolis *Tue 9:33 amSuvaWed 2:33 am
BeijingTue 10:33 pmHelsinki *Tue 5:33 pmMinskTue 5:33 pmSydneyWed 12:33 am
Beirut *Tue 5:33 pmHong KongTue 10:33 pmMontevideoTue 11:33 amTaipeiTue 10:33 pm
Belgrade *Tue 4:33 pmHonoluluTue 4:33 amMontréal *Tue 10:33 amTallinn *Tue 5:33 pm
Berlin *Tue 4:33 pmHouston *Tue 9:33 amMoscowTue 5:33 pmTashkentTue 7:33 pm
BogotaTue 9:33 amIndianapolis *Tue 10:33 amMumbaiTue 8:03 pmTegucigalpaTue 8:33 am
Boston *Tue 10:33 amIslamabadTue 7:33 pmNairobiTue 5:33 pmTehran *Tue 7:03 pm
BrasiliaTue 11:33 amIstanbulTue 5:33 pmNassau *Tue 10:33 amTokyoTue 11:33 pm
BrisbaneWed 12:33 amJakartaTue 9:33 pmNew DelhiTue 8:03 pmToronto *Tue 10:33 am
Brussels *Tue 4:33 pmJerusalem *Tue 5:33 pmNew Orleans *Tue 9:33 amVancouver *Tue 7:33 am
Bucharest *Tue 5:33 pmJohannesburgTue 4:33 pmNew York *Tue 10:33 amVienna *Tue 4:33 pm
Budapest *Tue 4:33 pmKabulTue 7:03 pmOslo *Tue 4:33 pmWarsaw *Tue 4:33 pm
Buenos AiresTue 11:33 amKarachiTue 7:33 pmOttawa *Tue 10:33 amWashington DC *Tue 10:33 am
CairoTue 4:33 pmKathmanduTue 8:18 pmParis *Tue 4:33 pmWinnipeg *Tue 9:33 am
Calgary *Tue 8:33 amKhartoumTue 4:33 pmPerthTue 10:33 pmYangonTue 9:03 pm
CanberraWed 12:33 amKingstonTue 9:33 amPhiladelphia *Tue 10:33 amZagreb *Tue 4:33 pm
Cape TownTue 4:33 pmKinshasaTue 3:33 pmPhoenixTue 7:33 amZürich *Tue 4:33 pm
CaracasTue 10:33 amKiritimatiWed 4:33 amPrague *Tue 4:33 pm

* Adjusted for Daylight Saving Time (64 places).

Tue = Tuesday, July 16, 2019 (133 places).
Wed = Wednesday, July 17, 2019 (10 places).

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