In the graph below you see the time zone difference between Pacific Daylight Time and Central Daylight Time. Drag the bubble to adjust the time and to see the corresponding time in the other time zone.
Pacific Daylight Time is the time zone of the Canadian and US West Coast when observing daylight saving time in the summer, including cities like Seattle, Vancouver, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Central Daylight Time is the time zone of the central US and Canada, as well as most of Central America when observing daylight saving time in, with places like Winnipeg, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and Mexico City.
Usually it is preferable to schedule meetings in the morning for the person in PDT and after lunch for the person in CDT.
Pacific Daylight Time is the time of the Western United States and Canada and is typically abbreviated as PDT. It is 8 hours behind GMT. Although PDT is for the Western part of the US and Canada it is not the Westernmost – both Hawaii and Alaska are on their own time zones due to their location.
Pacific Daylight Time is for the Western US and Canada and thus include locations such as Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. It also extends halfway down Baja California in Mexico. In addition to California and Washington also Nevada and Idaho are on PDT in the summer.
PDT is only used in the summer months so you will need to pay attention to when the switch takes place. Daylight Time is in the Pacific area observed from November to March and is one hour ahead of Pacific Standard Time.
Central Daylight Time is the time zone of the central US and Canada, as well as Mexico and most of Central America. It is five hours behind UTC and is observed during the summer months, between March and November. Sometimes the zone is referred to as CDST – Central Daylight Saving Time Zone. In the winter CDT becomes CST – Central Standard Time.
CDT is observed in the US, Canada, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama and Honduras i.e. all Central American countries. In the US it is only the states in the central US that observes CDT, from Wisconsin in the West to Tennessee in the East, and from Michigan in the North to Florida in the South. Similarly, only Canadian provinces in the middle of the country observe CDT. All of Mexico observes CDT, except the North West corner of the country.
US: Alabama, Iowa, Louisiana, Texas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Illinois and many more.
Canada: Manitoba, Ontario (most parts), Saskatchewan (only Creighton and Denare Beach)
Mexico: Chiapas, México, Oaxaca, Yuca tán, San Luis Potosi and more.
CDT is the daylight saving time of Central Standard Time. There are only a handful of exceptions in this time zone that do not observe DST, so it is advisable to always check the exact location (e.g. using our time zone converter) instead of relying on time zone abbreviations.