In Which Time Zone Is Memphis?

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If you are looking for the current time or time zone in Memphis, Tennessee, look no further. Here is how you can find out the current local time in Memphis.

Memphis, Tennessee is located in the Central Time Zone. Central Time can be determined by subtracting six hours from Coordinated Universal Time (CUT), subtracting one hour from Eastern Time Zone (EST) time, adding one hour to Mountain Time Zone (MTZ), or adding two hours to Pacific Time Zone (PTZ).

Memphis time is one hour behind New York City, New York’s time and two hours ahead of Los Angeles, California’s time. Memphis is in the same Time Zone as the major cities of Chicago, Illinois; Dallas, Texas; St. Louis, Missouri; Minneapolis, Minnesota; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Atlanta, Georgia.

Daylight Saving Time

Tennessee, like most of the United States, observes Daylight Saving Time annually. Daylight Saving Time begins on the second Sunday in March and ends on the second Sunday in November. During this time, Central Time can be calculated by subtracting five hours from Coordinated Universal Time.

Approximately two-thirds of the state of Tennessee falls in the Central Time Zone, including all of West and Middle Tennessee and several counties in East Tennessee. The western half of Kentucky, parts of the Florida panhandle, and most of Texas are also in the Central Time Zone as well as all of Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, and Missouri.

Quick Facts and Conversions for Central Standard Time

  • If you were traveling east from Memphis on I-40, you would cross into the Eastern Time Zone in Roane County.
  • Midnight (12 a.m.) in Central Time is 1 a.m. in the Eastern Time Zone.
  • Noon (12 p.m.) in Central Time is 1 p.m. in the Eastern Time Zone.
  • Midnight (12 a.m.) in Central Time is 11 p.m. in the Mountain Time Zone.
  • Noon (12 p.m.) in Central Time is 11 a.m. in the Mountain Time Zone.
  • Midnight (12 a.m.) in Central Time is 10 p.m. in Pacific Time.
  • Noon (12 p.m.) in Central Time is 10 a.m. in Pacific Time.
  • When watching national television, especially sporting events like Memphis Grizzlies NBA games, viewing times may be listed in Eastern Time Zone. If so, simply subtract an hour to find out when the program will begin in Memphis.

Background on Time Zones

In the world, there are 40 time zones, often denoted by their relation to Coordinated Universal Time, which is set at 0 degrees longitude, which runs through the Greenwich Observatory in Great Britain. Coordinated Universal Time is a 24-hour time system, beginning at 0:00 at midnight. The United States is home to four different time zones: Eastern Time Zone, Central Time Zone, Mountain Time Zone, and Pacific Time Zone.

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