PDT vs. PST
You might be aware that there are different time zones around the world. But how are they so different from each other?
Well, in this post, we will be looking at two of such time zones.
Here, we will look at the difference between PDT and PST.
Let’s get started.
|PDT is actually Pacific Daylight Time and it is the time zone followed during the summer months in the places where PST is followed.||PST is actually Pacific Standard Time and it is the time zone followed by in some parts of Canada, the United States and Mexico.|
|E.g., Summer is here and so is the time to follow PDT here in Canada.||E.g., Winter begins tomorrow, so Mexico will start following PST time zone.|
What is PST?
PST is actually Pacific Standard Time and it is the time zone followed by in some parts of Canada, the United States and Mexico. It is primarily followed during the winter season.
If we are looking at the time then this time zone is followed from Early November of every year to the Mid of March the next year. During winter, the PST is calculated 8 hours behind the Universal Time. It is used during the winter to reduce the day.
When it comes to Canada, only Yukon is completely under the Pacific Time Zone. Other parts only partially follow this time zone while the other parts follow the Mountain Zone.
In the United States of America, only California and Washington follow the PST. Some of the states following partial Time PST in the US are Idaho, Nevada and Oregon.
What is PDT?
PDT is actually Pacific Daylight Time and it is the time zone followed during the summer months in the places where PST is followed. This time zone is also followed in Canada, United States and Mexico.
Basically PDT is exactly the opposite of PST in terms of following the time zone. We calculate it from Mid-March every year and it gets over the Early November in the same year. This time zone is followed during summer to extend the day. It is calculated as 7 hours behind the GMT.
On the other hand, it is calculated one hour ahead of the PST. It helps in saving energy during the day.
Nowadays, PDT is pushed back to PST on the First Sunday in November. Before, it was 1st Sunday in the April to Last Sunday in October. With this new rule, we have extended daylight saving duration in terms of Months.
Main Differences between PST and PDT
Let’s look at the main differences between these two:
- Although they are followed in the same locations but the main difference between PST and PDT is that PST is followed during Winter but PDT is followed during the Summer.
- The Pacific Standard Time is calculated from Early November of every year, it is continued till the mid of March next year. While the Pacific Daylight is followed from the Mid of March and extends till early November.
- The PST is calculated 8 hours behind the Universal Time but the PDT is calculated 7 hours behind the same.
- PST is always treated as the standard time but the PDT is calculated one hour ahead of PST during the summer.
- Due to PST, we experience shorter winter days but for PDT we have longer summer days.
So, there you have it. The difference between “PDT” and “PST”. Let us know if you have any other queries.