What Time Is It In The UK - Time Difference With The US
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The time difference between London and New York is 5 hours. New York City is located in the UTC-5 time zone, during summertime it becomes UTC-4. The United Kingdom is therefore ahead of New York. This means that when it is midnight in New York, it is already 05:00 in the UK.
Due to the fact the USA is such a large country, America is split into six standard time zones – Hawaii, Alaska, Pacific, Mountain, Central and Eastern.
|New York = five hours behind the UK |
Chicago = six hours behind the UK
Denver = seven hours behind the UK
California = eight hours behind the UK
Alaska = nine hours behind the UK
Hawaii = ten hours behind the UK
These time zones are something you’ll need to bear in mind if you’re considering expanding your business to the US.
British summer time (BST) officially starts at 1am on Sunday 28 March, when the clocks go forward an hour to 2am. The clocks on ovens and cars can generally just be ignored – they will be correct again in six months’ time.
It does mean we lose an hour’s sleep, although if you are in a house with small children and/or animals, you will know that your waking hours are governed much more by when they need attention rather than what it says on your clock.
The ritual of changing the clocks is a relatively recent invention. Time was only standardised in the UK with the coming of the railways, and it was in 1880 that Greenwich mean time was adopted as a legal standard. The Summer Time Act 1916, in the middle of the first world war, introduced the concept of shifting the clocks twice a year to the UK. This was in response to Germany moving its clocks forwards in an attempt to save fuel for the war effort by reducing the need for lighting during longer, brighter evenings.
Many countries have been re-evaluating the practice. The European parliament recently voted to scrap it at an EU level, leaving it up to national governments to decide. It could potentially lead to a time zone split on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland at some points of the year.
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