Template:CurrentTimeIn

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This template prints the current UTC time offset by (UsualDifferenceFromUTCForThisLocation + DSTAdjustment) hours.

Syntax:
{{CurrentTimeIn [ |
[ UsualDifferenceFromUTCForThisLocation=hours| ]
[ DSTAdjustment=hours| ]
] }}

Missing parameters (or completely empty parameters, without even any blank in the hours value) are treated like zero.

Rationale:

The reason we separate out the "usual" difference from UTC and the DST adjustment is that the first part remains constant forever.

Whereas the second part changes twice a year.

This arrangement is the best way to minimize the number of pages we have to change when the clock changes.

Examples:
The current time in London is {{CurrentTimeIn|
  UsualDifferenceFromUTCForThisLocation=0|
  DSTAdjustment={{Current daylight saving offset in Europe}}}}

and

The current time in Paris is {{CurrentTimeIn|
  UsualDifferenceFromUTCForThisLocation=1|
  DSTAdjustment={{Current daylight saving offset in Europe}}}}

and when the clocks change in Europe, the only page we have to change is {{Current daylight saving offset in Europe}} which is minimal number of pages.

This template is usually wrapped by another template which controls the positioning of the time on the page. One example is {{CurrentTimeInHeader}} which puts the time near the top of the page.

See also: