Central Time Zone

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Central Time Zone (North America)Central Time Zone_header_cell_0_0_0
UTC offsetCentral Time Zone_header_cell_0_1_0
CSTCentral Time Zone_header_cell_0_2_0 UTC−06:00Central Time Zone_cell_0_2_1
CDTCentral Time Zone_header_cell_0_3_0 UTC−05:00Central Time Zone_cell_0_3_1
Current timeCentral Time Zone_header_cell_0_4_0
Observance of DSTCentral Time Zone_header_cell_0_5_0

The North American Central Time Zone (CT) is a time zone in parts of Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central America, some Caribbean Islands, and part of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Central Time Zone_sentence_0

Central Standard Time (CST) is six hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Central Time Zone_sentence_1

During summer most of the zone uses daylight saving time (DST), and changes to Central Daylight Time (CDT) which is five hours behind UTC. Central Time Zone_sentence_2

The largest city in the Central Time Zone is Mexico City; the Mexico City metropolitan area is the largest metropolitan area in the zone and North America. Central Time Zone_sentence_3

Regions using (North American) Central Time Central Time Zone_section_0

Canada Central Time Zone_section_1

Main article: Time in Canada Central Time Zone_sentence_4

The province of Manitoba is the only province or territory in Canada that observes Central Time in all areas. Central Time Zone_sentence_5

The following Canadian provinces and territories observe Central Time in the areas noted, while their other areas observe Eastern Time: Central Time Zone_sentence_6

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Also, most of the province of Saskatchewan is on Central Standard Time year-round, never adjusting for Daylight Saving Time. Central Time Zone_sentence_7

Major exceptions include Lloydminster, a city situated on the boundary between Alberta and Saskatchewan. Central Time Zone_sentence_8

The city charter stipulates that it shall observe Mountain Time and DST, putting the community on the same time as all of Alberta, including the major cities of Calgary and Edmonton. Central Time Zone_sentence_9

As a result, during the summer, clocks in the entire province match those in Alberta, but during the winter, clocks in most of the province match those in Manitoba. Central Time Zone_sentence_10

United States Central Time Zone_section_2

Main article: Time in the United States Central Time Zone_sentence_11

Ten states are contained entirely in the Central Time Zone: Central Time Zone_sentence_12

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Five states are split between the Central Time Zone and the Mountain Time Zone: Central Time Zone_sentence_13

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Five states are split between the Central Time Zone and the Eastern Time Zone: Central Time Zone_sentence_14

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Mexico Central Time Zone_section_3

Main article: Time in Mexico Central Time Zone_sentence_15

Most of Mexico—roughly the eastern three-fourths—lies in the Central Time Zone, except for six northwestern states (Baja California, Baja California Sur, Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Sonora, and most of Nayarit) and one southeastern state (Quintana Roo). Central Time Zone_sentence_16

The federal entities of Mexico that observe Central Time: Central Time Zone_sentence_17

Central America Central Time Zone_section_4

Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua all use Central Standard Time year-round. Central Time Zone_sentence_18

Eastern Pacific islands and other areas Central Time Zone_section_5

The Galápagos Islands in Ecuador uses Central Standard Time all year-round; the remainder of Ecuador uses Eastern Standard Time. Central Time Zone_sentence_19

Both Easter Island and Salas y Gómez Island in Chile uses Central Standard Time during the Southern Hemisphere winter and Central Daylight Time during the Southern Hemisphere summer; the remainder of Chile uses Atlantic Standard Time and Atlantic Daylight Time. Central Time Zone_sentence_20

Central Daylight Time Central Time Zone_section_6

Daylight saving time (DST) is in effect in much of the Central time zone between mid-March and early November. Central Time Zone_sentence_21

The modified time is called "Central Daylight Time" (CDT) and is UTC−05:00. Central Time Zone_sentence_22

In Canada, Saskatchewan does not observe a time change. Central Time Zone_sentence_23

One reason for Saskatchewan's lack of a time change is that, geographically, the entire province is closer to the Mountain Time Zone's meridian. Central Time Zone_sentence_24

The province elected to move onto "permanent" daylight saving by being part of the Central Time Zone. Central Time Zone_sentence_25

The only exception is the region immediately surrounding the Saskatchewan side of the bi-provincial city of Lloydminster, which has chosen to use Mountain Time with DST, synchronizing its clocks with those of Alberta. Central Time Zone_sentence_26

In those areas of the Canadian and American time zones that observe DST, beginning in 2007, the local time changes at 02:00 local standard time to 03:00 local daylight time on the second Sunday in March and returns at 02:00 local daylight time to 01:00 local standard time on the first Sunday in November. Central Time Zone_sentence_27

Mexico decided not to go along with this change and observes their horario de verano from the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October. Central Time Zone_sentence_28

In December 2009, the Mexican Congress allowed ten border cities, eight of which are in states that observe Central Time, to adopt the U.S. daylight time schedule effective in 2010. Central Time Zone_sentence_29

Alphabetical list of major Central Time Zone metropolitan areas Central Time Zone_section_7

See also Central Time Zone_section_8

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