Time Change Coming

While Americans turned their clocks ahead for daylight-saving time on Sunday, March 10, for most of Mexico, daylight saving time does not begin until 2 a.m. local time on Sunday, April 7. So make a note if you’ll be travelling to Yucatan this month – there will be an extra hour difference in time.

Daylight Savings Time (DST) begins in the United States on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. So on Sunday, March 10 U.S. clocks were set ahead one hour at 2 a.m. local standard time, which becomes 3 a.m. local daylight time.

Clock.jpg

For most of Mexico, daylight saving time doesn’t begin until the first Sunday of April, and won’t end until the last Sunday of October. It is usually referred to as thede Verano(Summer Schedule).

Mexico adopted DST nationwide in 1996, even in its tropical regions, because of its increasing economic ties to the United States. Although the United States changed the schedule for DST beginning in 2007, most of Mexico did not go along with it.

But in 2010, the 10 Mexican municipalities which share a border with the United States started to observe daylight saving time three weeks earlier, on the second Sunday in March and end on the first Sunday in November.

This change in daylight saving time observance was requested by local governments and political leaders to help facilitate commerce with the U.S.