Clocks ‘spring ahead’ elsewhere, but not in Mexico until April 4

Mexico “springs ahead” on April 4.

Don’t touch that dial.

Daylight Saving Time began in the United States and Canada this morning, but most people in Mexico won’t set their clocks ahead one hour for another three weeks.

The time change for us officially happens at 2 a.m. Sunday, April 4. Everyone loses an hour during the springtime change.

We get that lost hour back when DST ends in the U.S. and Canada on Sunday, Nov. 7 and in most of Mexico on Sunday, Oct. 31.

Quintana Roo stays on Eastern Standard Time to match the clocks in other Caribbean tourist destinations that compete with the Riviera Maya.

When Yucatán enters DST, its clocks will match Quintana Roo’s until the last Sunday of October, when we “fall back” an hour.

The states of Quintana Roo and Sonora do not observe Daylight Saving Time, maintaining a single time zone throughout the year. Sonora aligns its clocks with neighboring Arizona, which also ignores DST.

In the United States, politicians have proposed to make DST permanent, an idea that is apparently gaining in popularity.

At least 15 states in the US have passed some sort of legislation to make DST permanent rather than the law for two-thirds of the year.

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