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Time in Europe:
Light Blue Western European Time / Greenwich Mean Time ( UTC)
Blue Western European Time / Greenwich Mean Time ( UTC)
Western European Summer Time / British Summer Time / Irish Standard Time ( UTC+1)
Red Central European Time ( UTC+1)
Central European Summer Time ( UTC+2)
Yellow Eastern European Time / Kaliningrad Time ( UTC+2)
Ochre Eastern European Time ( UTC+2)
Eastern European Summer Time ( UTC+3)
Green Moscow Time / Turkey Time ( UTC+3)
Turquoise Armenia Time / Azerbaijan Time / Georgia Time / Samara Time ( UTC+4)
 Pale colours: Standard time observed all year
 Dark colours: Summer time observed

Central European Summer Time (CEST, UTC+02:00), sometimes referred to as Central European Daylight Time (CEDT), [1] is the standard clock time observed during the period of summer daylight-saving in those European countries which observe Central European Time (CET; UTC+01:00) during the other part of the year. It corresponds to UTC+02:00, which makes it the same as Eastern European Time, Central Africa Time, South African Standard Time, Egypt Standard Time and Kaliningrad Time in Russia. [2]


Other names which have been applied to Central European Summer Time are Middle European Summer Time (MEST), [3] Central European Daylight Saving Time (CEDT), [4] and Bravo Time (after the second letter of the NATO phonetic alphabet). [5]

Period of observation

Since 1996, European Summer Time has been observed between 01:00 UTC (02:00 CET and 03:00 CEST) on the last Sunday of March, and 01:00 UTC on the last Sunday of October; previously the rules were not uniform across the European Union. [6]

There were proposals to abandon summer time in Europe from 2021, possibly by moving winter time up by an hour and keeping that time through the year. [7]


The following countries and territories regularly use Central European Summer Time: [8]

The following countries have also used Central European Summer Time in the past:

See also


  1. ^ "Correcting the Domino Daylight Savings Problem". Retrieved 2023-10-21.
  2. ^ "CEST time now". Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  3. ^ "Time zone names- Middle European Daylight, Middle European Summer, Mitteieuropaische Sommerzeit (german)". Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  4. ^ "CEDT - Central European Daylight Time: Current local time". Time Difference. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  5. ^ "B – Bravo Time Zone (Time Zone Abbreviation)". Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  6. ^ Joseph Myers (2009-07-17). "History of legal time in Britain". Retrieved 2009-10-11.
  7. ^ Boffey, Daniel (26 March 2019). "European parliament votes to scrap daylight saving time from 2021". The Guardian.
  8. ^ "CEST – Central European Summer Time (Time Zone Abbreviation)". Retrieved 2018-07-20.