West Africa Time

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Time zones of Africa:

-01:00
Cape Verde Time
+-00:00
Greenwich Mean Time
+01:00
Central European Time
West Africa Time
+02:00
Central Africa Time
Eastern European Time
Egypt Standard Time
South African Standard Time
+03:00
East Africa Time
+04:00
Mauritius Time
Seychelles Time
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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  
  +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.

West Africa Time, or WAT, is a time zone used in west-central Africa. [1] West Africa Time is one hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+01:00), which aligns it with Central European Time (CET) during winter, and Western European Summer Time (WEST) / British Summer Time (BST) during summer.

As most of this time zone is in the tropical region, there is little change in day length throughout the year and therefore daylight saving time is not observed.

West Africa Time is the time zone for the following countries:

Countries west of Benin (except Morocco and Western Sahara) are in the UTC±0 time zone. Civil time in most of those countries is defined with reference to Greenwich Mean Time [ citation needed ] (now an alias for UTC±0, rather than an independent reference).

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Africa, the world's second-largest and second-most populous continent, spans across six different time zone offsets from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC): UTC−01:00 to UTC+04:00. As Africa straddles the equator and tropics, there is little change in daylight hours throughout the year and as such daylight saving time is currently observed in only one country, Morocco, however it was also previously observed in several other countries.

Time in Benin is given by a single time zone, officially denoted as West Africa Time. Benin adopted WAT on 1 January 1912 as French Dahomey, and has never observed daylight saving time.

References

  1. "West Africa Time Zone - WAT". worldtimeserver.com. 8 January 2016. Retrieved 20 November 2019.[ better source needed ]

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