West Africa Time

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File:UTC offset map rygcbm region Africa.png
Time zones of Africa:
    UTC−01:00 Cape Verde Time (The islands of Cape Verde are to the west of the African mainland.)
    UTC±00:00 Western European Time · Greenwich Mean Time
    UTC+01:00 Central European Time · West Africa Time · Western European Summer Time.
    UTC+02:00 Central Africa Time · Eastern European Time · South African Standard Time · West Africa Summer Time
    UTC+03:00 East Africa Time
    UTC+04:00 Mauritius Time · Seychelles Time
Striped colours indicate countries observing daylight saving time. Outside Africa the zones may have other names and summer time rules not indicated in this figure.

West Africa Time, or WAT, is a time zone used in west-central Africa (though not in countries west of Benin, which instead use UTC). The zone is one hour ahead of UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) (UTC+01), which makes it the same as Central European Time when CET is not observing daylight savings. It does not include most of the countries that make up the West Africa region (these use UTC).

As most of this time zone is in the equatorial region there is no significant change in day length throughout the year, so daylight saving time is not observed. The exceptions to this are Libya[1] and Namibia, which move to West Africa Summer Time (WAST) (UTC+02) in the summer months (end of March to end of October in Libya, beginning of September to beginning of April in Namibia).

West Africa Time is used by the following countries:


  1. Libya Changes Time Zone, Time and Date, November 10, 2012.