This Sunday,Oct. 26 at 2 a.m. clocks in most of Mexico will shift back one hour to Standard Time from Daylight Savings Time (DST),which began this year on April 6. Although there are a few exceptions along the U.S. border,where some municipalities follow the U.S. time change schedule,most of Mexico switches to Standard Time each year on the last Sunday in October.
“In most parts of Mexico,DST ends on Sunday,Oct. 26,when clocks are set back one hour from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m. local time,” writes Time and Date on its official website. “Northern Mexico border towns like Tijuana and Juarez City follow the USA’s DST schedule and set their clocks back one week later on Sunday,Nov. 2.”
In fact,this occurred for the first time in 2010,when ten Mexico municipalities that share a border with the U.S. began observing DST on the U.S. schedule following legislation passed by the Mexican Congress in late 2009. In addition to Juarez and Tijuana,the municipalities that now observe DST according to the U.S. schedule are Acuna and Piedras Negras in Cohuila; Anahuac in Nuevo Leon; Matamoros,Nuevo Laredo and Reynosa in Tamaulipas; Ojinaga in Chihuahua; and Mexicali in Baja California. In addition,some smaller towns and villages that are located close to these municipalities may opt to unofficially follow the U.S. observance of DST time.
The change in DST observance was reportedly requested by local governments and political leaders to help facilitate the growing commerce between the U.S. and Mexico. The change benefits banking and transportation industry leaders on both sides of the border,preventing the inevitable scheduling difficulties that tend to occur when two nearby cities are forced to operate on different time zones for short periods each year.