Flag for Mexico Time Change 2016 in Mexico

Next change:
Oct
28
1 hour Back

Oct 28, 2018, 2:00 am

In most of Mexico

Country: Mexico

Long Name: United Mexican States

Abbreviations: MX, MEX

Capital: Mexico City

Time Zones: 3

Dial Code: +52

Note: Only some parts of Mexico used DST in 2016. Some regions of Mexico use a different period of DST than shown below.

Apr 3

Forward 1 hour

Apr 3, 2016 - Daylight Saving Time Started

When local standard time was about to reach
Sunday, April 3, 2016, 2:00:00 am clocks were turned forward 1 hour to
Sunday, April 3, 2016, 3:00:00 am local daylight time instead.

Sunrise and sunset were about 1 hour later on Apr 3, 2016 than the day before. There was more light in the evening.

Also called Spring Forward, Summer Time, and Daylight Savings Time.

Oct 30

Back 1 hour

Oct 30, 2016 - Daylight Saving Time Ended

When local daylight time was about to reach
Sunday, October 30, 2016, 2:00:00 am clocks were turned backward 1 hour to
Sunday, October 30, 2016, 1:00:00 am local standard time instead.

Sunrise and sunset were about 1 hour earlier on Oct 30, 2016 than the day before. There was more light in the morning.

Also called Fall Back and Winter Time.

More info:
DST in Europe Ends Oct 30

Other years: 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019

When Does DST Start and End in Mexico?

In most of Mexico, including its capital Mexico City, Daylight Saving Time (DST) runs from the 1st Sunday of April to the last Sunday of October. However, there are several exceptions:

  • The state of Sonora does not change its clocks. The rationale is to stay in sync with the neighboring US state of Arizona, where Mountain Standard Time (MST) is observed all year. In the map below, Sonora is the yellow area on the left.
  • Quintana Roo has opted out of following the country's DST regime. Following the establishment of its own time zone in 2015, Mexico's easternmost state is observing EST year-round. In the map below, Quintana Roo is the yellow area on the right.
  • The state of Baja California and many other locations close to the country's northern border follow the DST schedule of the United States. This includes cities like Tijuana, Ciudad Juárez, and Ojinaga (please see cities marked “north” in the table below). Here, the DST period starts on the 2nd Sunday in March and ends on the 1st Sunday in November.

Which States and Federal Districts use Daylight Saving Time in 2016

Areas in Mexico using DST in 2016
Areas in Mexico on standard time all of 2016
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Daylight Saving Time Info

The states of Sonora (yellow area on the left) and Quintana Roo (yellow area on the right) do not observe DST.

DST in States and Federal Districts in Mexico in 2016 (32 in total, 30 where all observe DST, 2 which don't observe DST)

AguascalientesApr 3 - Oct 30GuanajuatoApr 3 - Oct 30QuerétaroApr 3 - Oct 30
Baja CaliforniaMar 13 - Nov 6GuerreroApr 3 - Oct 30Quintana RooNo DST
Baja California SurApr 3 - Oct 30HidalgoApr 3 - Oct 30San Luis PotosíApr 3 - Oct 30
CampecheApr 3 - Oct 30JaliscoApr 3 - Oct 30SinaloaApr 3 - Oct 30
ChiapasApr 3 - Oct 30MichoacánApr 3 - Oct 30SonoraNo DST
Chihuahua (north)Mar 13 - Nov 6MorelosApr 3 - Oct 30TabascoApr 3 - Oct 30
ChihuahuaApr 3 - Oct 30MéxicoApr 3 - Oct 30Tamaulipas (north)Mar 13 - Nov 6
Ciudad de MéxicoApr 3 - Oct 30NayaritApr 3 - Oct 30TamaulipasApr 3 - Oct 30
Coahuila de Zaragoza (north)Mar 13 - Nov 6Nuevo León (north)Mar 13 - Nov 6TlaxcalaApr 3 - Oct 30
Coahuila de ZaragozaApr 3 - Oct 30Nuevo LeónApr 3 - Oct 30VeracruzApr 3 - Oct 30
ColimaApr 3 - Oct 30OaxacaApr 3 - Oct 30YucatánApr 3 - Oct 30
DurangoApr 3 - Oct 30PueblaApr 3 - Oct 30ZacatecasApr 3 - Oct 30

Daylight Saving Time History in Mexico

  • Mexico first observed Daylight Saving Time in 1931.
  • Mexico has observed DST for 61 years between 1931 and 2018 (DST in at least one location).
  • Previous time with no Daylight Saving Time was 1975.
  • See Worldwide DST Statistics

Baja California Pioneered DST

The state of Baja California introduced seasonal clock changes in 1931, remaining the only area in Mexico with a DST schedule for 65 years. In the rest of the country, DST was introduced in 1996.