West Africa Time
West Africa Time, or WAT, is a time zone used in west-central Africa (though not in countries west of Benin, which instead use UTC). The zone is one hour ahead of UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) (UTC+01), which makes it the same as Central European Time (CET) during winter and Western European Summer Time (WEST) or British Summer Time (BST) during the summer. It does not include most of the countries that make up the West Africa region (these use UTC instead).
As most of this time zone is in the equatorial region there is no significant change in day length throughout the year, so daylight saving time is not observed. The exception to this is only Namibia, which moves to West Africa Summer Time (WAST) (UTC+02) in the summer months (beginning of September to beginning of April in Namibia) so in summer shares the same time as Botswana and South Africa.
West Africa Time is used by the following countries:
- Central African Republic
- Democratic Republic of the Congo (western)
- Equatorial Guinea
- Namibia (observes daylight savings)
- Republic of the Congo