Central Africa Time

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Time zones of Africa:

-01:00
Cape Verde Time
+-00:00
Greenwich Mean Time
+01:00
West Africa Time
+02:00
Central Africa Time
Egypt Standard Time
South African Standard Time
+03:00
East Africa Time
+04:00
Mauritius Time
Seychelles Time
The islands of Cape Verde are to the west of the African mainland.
Mauritius and the Seychelles are to the east and north-east of Madagascar respectively. TimeZones-Africa.svg
Time zones of Africa:
  -01:00   Cape Verde Time
  ±00:00   Greenwich Mean Time
  +01:00   West Africa Time
  +02:00  
  +03:00   East Africa Time
  +04:00  
The islands of Cape Verde are to the west of the African mainland.
Mauritius and the Seychelles are to the east and north-east of Madagascar respectively.

Central Africa Time, or CAT, is a time zone used in central and southern Africa. Central Africa Time is two hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+02:00), which is the same as the adjacent South Africa Standard Time, Egypt Standard Time, Eastern European Time, Kaliningrad Time and Central European Summer Time.

As this time zone is in the equatorial and tropical regions, there is little change in day length throughout the year and so daylight saving time is not observed.

Central Africa Time is observed by the following countries:

The following countries in Africa also use an offset of UTC+02:00 all-year round:

  • Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt (observes Eastern European Time or Egypt Standard Time)
  • Flag of Lesotho.svg  Lesotho (observes South African Standard Time)
  • Flag of Libya.svg  Libya (observes Eastern European Time)
  • Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa (observes South African Standard Time)
  • Flag of Eswatini.svg  Swaziland (observes South African Standard Time)

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