Eastern Time Now
The Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is 5 hours ahead of the Eastern Standard Time (EST). The EST is used during the standard time in Central America, Caribbean, and North America. It is often referred to as the Eastern Time Zone. There are other regions that use the Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) during summer because they observe the daylight saving time or summer time during the season. The Caribbean countries such as Haiti and Bahamas use the Eastern Daylight Time during summer and Eastern Standard Time during winter. Jamaica and Cayman Islands are some of the Caribbean countries that use EST all year.
Panama is the only country in Central American that uses EST all year. Most countries in North America use EDT in summer and EST in the winter. They include Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Maine, New York, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Most if the US cities in the Eastern Time Zone observe the rules of Daylight Saving Time (DST). In USA and Canada, clocks are now on daylight saving and were forwarded by one hour on 12th March 2017. The daylight saving will end on 5th November 2017 at 02:00 local time and will be shifted backward by one hour. You can always compare the Eastern Time now with the GMT using the Time converter.