Even though we are still enjoying summer, autumn is just around the corner and with it the days are getting shorter and the nights are longer. In addition to the usual time change, the return to “standard time,” as it is called in Cuba, or winter time, as it is called in other countries such as the United States.
Daylight saving time has been in effect in Cuba and the United States since March 12, 2023. Although some North American lawmakers have proposed abolishing the time change, no measure has been approved in this regard and therefore it will move clocks again in less than two months.
In most of the United States, Daylight Saving Time begins on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. This year, Florida’s time change will take place at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 5, with clocks set back one hour. The same thing will happen in Cuba on the same day.
In 2024, due to the leap year, daylight saving time will take an extra day to revert to daylight saving time and will be reactivated on March 10, with clocks moving forward one hour.
Time change for Cubans in Spain
Recently, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine called for a “permanent change” to the normal schedule, which we will now see in the fall, stating that “there is ample evidence of the short-term negative consequences of seasonal time changes.”
In addition, they do not take place on the same day in all countries. For example, Cubans in Spain, one of the places with the most emigrants of this nationality in the world, will not change their watches on the same day as in Cuba or Florida.
In Spain, as in the rest of the European Union, the time will switch to winter time in the early hours of Sunday, October 29, 2023. The clocks are set back one hour at 2:00 a.m., meaning that citizens can sleep an hour longer that day.