WEST AFRICA TIME, or WAT, is a time zone used in west-central Africa ; with countries west of Benin instead using Greenwich Mean Time (GMT; equivalent to UTC with no offset ). West Africa Time is one hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time ( UTC+01 ), which makes it the same as Central European Time (CET) during winter, or Western European Summer Time (WEST) and British Summer Time (BST) during the summer.
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 only exception is 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:
* Algeria (as Central European Time) * Angola * Chad * Cameroon * Central African Republic * Democratic Republic of the Congo (western side only) * Equatorial Guinea * Gabon * Namibia (observes daylight saving time) * Niger * Nigeria * Republic of the Congo * Tunisia (as Central European Time)
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