Central European Summer Time

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Central European Summer Time (CEST) is one of the names of the daylight saving time offset using the UTC offset of UTC+02:00, 2 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time. It is used as a summer daylight saving time in European countries where the Central European Time (UTC+1) is used during winter.


Central European Summer Time may also be known under other names, such as Middle European Summer Time (MEST), Central European Daylight Saving Time (CEDT) or 'Bravo time', after the 2nd letter of the phonetic alphabet.


Since 1996 European Summer Time has been observed between 1:00 UTC on the last Sunday of March and 1:00 on the last Sunday of October; previously the rules were not uniform across the European Union.[1]


The following countries and territories use Central European Summer Time.

CEST was used also in years 1993–1995 in Portugal and 1998–1999 in Lithuania.

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  1. ^ Joseph Myers (2009-07-17). "History of legal time in Britain". Retrieved 2009-10-11.