Everyday Chile

Daylights Saving Time in Chile

If you haven't noticed yet, the seasons change pretty drastically in Chile. Fall is in full effect and colder weather will be here sooner than later. Cold weather also means that people are waiting to change their clocks back one hour on their devices.

If you haven’t noticed yet, the seasons change pretty drastically in Chile. Fall is in full effect and colder weather will be here sooner than later. Cold weather also means that people are waiting to change their clocks back one hour on their devices.

In the past couple of years, it seems that Chile changes the time whenever they feel like that. Discussions come up every year about whether or not Chile should continue with practicing Daylights saving times.

According to Supreme Decree N ° 253, of the Ministry of the Interior and Public Security, “from the 24 hours of the second Saturday of the month of August of 2017 and until the 24 hours of the second Saturday of the month of May of 2018, the official time will be 60 minutes forward”

So what does that mean? Summertime will officially end on May 12 at 23:59, so at that time the clocks should be delayed by one hour and re-dial 23:00 h. Thus, Chile will be back in the UTC-4 time zone.So that means, those who get up early will be able to enjoy that extra hour of sleep.

For those living or visiting Easter Island and Isla Salas y Gómez, the change must be made at 22:00 local time and move to the time zone UTC -6. This means that when it is 22:00 hours on Saturday, May 12, the clocks should be delayed and indicate from that moment at 21:00.

The exception to the time change is for the region of Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica, a place that has a single schedule all year, in the UTC-3 spindle. This decision was made because people living in the area must face months of the sun not rising before 9 AM.

 

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