Mérida, Yucatán — An informal poll at the Plaza Grande indicates that most people are a little hazy about the beginning of Daylight Saving Time this weekend.
Most people in Mexico will set their clocks ahead one hour before heading to bed Saturday night.
But Diario de Yucatán asked random pedestrian downtown about the time change. Most interviewees knew about about it, but didn’t remember when the time changed and whether clocks were being set ahead or back an hour.
For the record, the old saying is “spring ahead” and “fall back.”
The time change officially happens at 2 a.m. Sunday, April 1. DST began in U.S. and Canada on March 11. Everyone loses an hour during the spring time change.
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.
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 clocks in Yucatán retreat an hour again.
We get that lost hour back when DST ends in the U.S. and Canada on Sunday, Nov. 4 and in most of Mexico on Sunday, Oct. 28.