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WAT – West Africa Time (Standard Time)

WAT is currently used in most locations

Africa: Most locations are on WAT, but a few locations are still observing WAST.

Time zone map of WAT
Currently observing WAT.
Observes WAT part of the year.
Areas with same time currently (UTC +1:00).
Currently observing WAT – West Africa Time.
Observes WAT – West Africa Time part of the year, but not currently.
Currently has same time zone offset as WAT (UTC +1:00) but different time zone name.

West Africa Time (WAT) is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). This time zone is a standard time zone and is used in: Africa.

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Summer Time & DST

Some places observe daylight saving time/summer time during the summer, and therefore use WAST (West Africa Summer Time) in the summer.

Email time zone indicator: +0100

An email sent from someone in the West Africa Time (WAT) time zone will have the time zone listed as "+0100" in the headers of the email. (However, "+0100" does not have to be in West Africa Time, as other time zones could have the same UTC offset).

Where and when is WAT observed?


African countries using WAT in the winter and WAST in the summer

  • Namibia

African countries using WAT all year

  • Angola
  • Benin
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Congo
  • Congo Dem. Republic - Western regionShow

    Includes Kinshasa

  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Gabon
  • Niger
  • Nigeria

Other time zones in UTC +1:00

Some time zones exist that have the same offset as WAT, but can be found under a different name:

WAT time now

Used in most locations


Sunday, October 4, 2015

  • WAT will be observed in Windhoek starting from Apr 3, 2016 at 2:00 AM
  • UTC Offset: UTC +1:00
  • 5 hours ahead of Washington DC
  • Most locations changed to WAST

WAST time now


Sunday, October 4, 2015

UTC Offset: UTC +2:00

Go to WAST

Find current time and time zone by city


Example cities

Nigeria – Lagos (All Year)
Namibia – Windhoek (Winter)
Chad – Ndjamena (All Year)

Related time zones

WAST – West Africa Summer Time (Daylight Time)

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