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What is the UTC time zone? How do I convert it to EST?

What is the UTC time zone?

Coordinated Universal Time, abbreviated as UTC, is the primary time standard by which the world regulates clocks and time. It is related, but not identical to, Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

The usage of UTC and GMT is based upon a twenty-four hour clock (similar to military time) and is based upon the 0° longitude meridian, referred to as the Greenwich meridian in Greenwich, England.

You will often see time zones represented similar to "UTC - 5" or "GMT - 5". In this example the "-5" refers to that time zone being five hours behind UTC or GMT and so forth for the other time zones. "UTC + 5" or "GMT + 5" would refer to that time zone being five hours ahead of UTC of GMT and so forth for the other time zones.

How do I convert UTC to EST?

EST (Eastern Standard Time) is an important time zone in the United States.

Converting timezones is tricky because of daylight saving times, so it is always safer to use an automated tool such as Time Zone Converter.

The table below explains the conversion from UTC to United States timezones. For example, if it's 2:00 PM in UTC, you need to subtract 5 hours (because EST is UTC-5), so, 2pm UTC is 9am EST.

United States GMT/UTC Offsets

Time Zone in United States Examples of places in the United States using these Time Zones UTC Offset
Standard Time
UTC Offset
Daylight Saving Time
Atlantic Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands UTC - 4h N/A
Eastern Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, part of Indiana, part of Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, part of Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia UTC - 5h UTC - 4h
Central Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, part of Indiana, Iowa, part of Kansas, part of Kentucky, Louisiana, part of Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, part of South Dakota, part of Tennessee, most of Texas, and Wisconsin UTC - 6h UTC - 5h
Mountain Arizona*, Colorado, part of Idaho, part of Kansas, Montana, part of Nebraska, New Mexico, part of North Dakota, part of Oregon, part of South Dakota, part of Texas, Utah, and Wyoming UTC - 7h UTC - 6h
* n/a for Arizona
Pacific California, part of Idaho, Nevada, most of Oregon, Washington UTC - 8h UTC - 7h
Alaska Alaska and a portion of the Aleutian Islands that is east of 169 degrees 30 minutes west longitude observes the Alaska Time Zone. UTC - 9h UTC - 8h
Hawaii - Aleutian Hawaii and a portion of the Aleutian Islands that is west of 169 degrees 30 minutes west longitude observes the Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time Zone. Although Hawaii does not observe daylight saving time the Aleutian Islands do observe daylight saving time. UTC - 10h UTC - 9h
Hawaii does not observe daylight saving time

 

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