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Texts of marine weather forecasts broadcast under the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) via INMARSAT are given on this page. These are for the high seas METAREAS covering most of the world.

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A WMO/IMO web site provides the marine weather information broadcast via INMARSAT-C SafetyNETTM by all National Meteorological Services (NMS) appointed as Issuing Services within the framework of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System. Some texts broadcast by NAVTEX are also included.

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Description of area click on names to se area charts

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METAREA I

The North Atlantic Ocean east of 35W, from4827'N to 71N and west of the British Isles

METAREA II

|Atlantic waters east of 35W, from 7N to 4827'N, and east of 20W from 7N to 6S, including the Straits of Gibraltar

METAREA III-West

The Mediterranean from Gibraltar to the south of Italy

METAREA III-East

The Mediterranean from the south of Italy to the Black Sea

METAREA IV

The western part of the North Atlantic Ocean eastwards of the North American coast to 35W, from 7N to 67N, including the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea and the sea area between 7N and the South American coastline eastwards to the French Guyana/Brazil frontier in 430N

METAREA V

Atlantic waters west of 20W from 3550'S to 7N, narrowing in the coastal strips at the extremities to the Uruguay/Brazil frontier |in 3345'S and the French Guyana/Brazil frontier in 430'N

METAREA VI

The South Atlantic and Southern Oceans south of 3550S, and from 20W to the longitude of Cape Horn, 6716W, including the coastal strip to the Uruguay/Brazil frontier in 3345S

METAREA VII

The South Atlantic and Southern Oceans south of 6S from 20W to the coast of Africa, thence south to the Cape of Good Hope; the South Indian and Southern Oceans south of 1030'S from the Cape to 55E, thence south of 30S to 80E

METAREA VIII N

The area of the Indian Ocean enclosed by lines from the Indo-Pakistan frontier in 2345'N 68E to 12N 63E, thence to Cape Gardafui; the east African coast south to the equator, thence to 95E, to 6N, thence NE_wards to the Myanmar/Thailand frontier in 10N 9830'E

METAREA VIII S

The east African coast from the equator south to 1030'S, thence to 55E, to 30S, to 95E, to the equator, to the east African coast

METAREA IX

The Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea and Persian Gulf, north of Area VIII

METAREA X NE of Australia

North Eastern area Equstor to 28S, 142E tp 170E
Cyclone warning areas
Gale warning areas

METAREA X/XI N of Australia

Northern area: Equator to 12 South between 90/142 East and Southward to coast between 125/142 East and Part of METAREA XI

METAREA X SE of Indian Ocean

Westhern area 12/30S 90/125E, 30/50S 80/129E

METAREA XI W of N Pacific China

The Indian Ocean, China Sea and North Pacific Ocean northward of Area X and on the equator to longitude 180, eastward of Area VIII and the Asian continent to the North Korea/Russian Federation frontier in 4230'N 130E, thence to 135E, NE_wards to 45N 138E, to 45N 180

METAREA XI W of N Pacific Japan

METAREA XI W of N Pacific Equator

|METAREA XII

The eastern part of the Pacific Ocean, west of the North and South American coast and east of 120W, from 324'S to the equator, thence to 180, to 50N thence NW_wards to 53N 172E, NE_wards following the marine frontier between United States and Russian Federation waters to 67N and Waters round Alaska

METAREA XIII - N/A

Sea areas enclosed north of Area XI and west of Area XII; also all Arctic waters from 170W

METAREA XIV

The South Pacific and Southern Oceans south of the equator, bounded by Area X to the west, Area XII to the north and Area XV to the east

METAREA XV

The South Pacific and Southern Oceans south of 1821'S following the coast of Chile to the longitude of Cape Horn in 6716'W, and 120W

METAREA XVI

The South Pacific Ocean between 1821'S and 324'S bounded by the coast of Peru and 120W

METAREA XVII N/A

|67N and 16858'W to 90N and 16858'W, 90N and 120W to south to the Canadian Coastline along the 120W meridianThe Arctic Ocean from south-west corner 67N, 44E to north-east corner 80N, 165W

METAREA XVIII

|A position on the Canadian Coastline at the 120W meridian to 90N and 120W, 90N and 35W to 67N and 35W

METAREA XIX N/A

|From a position on the Norwegian Coastline at 65N to: 65N and 5W, 75N and 5W, west to a position on the Greenland Coastline. From the border between Norway and Russia (Inland) to: 6947.68'N and 3049.16'E, 6958.48'N and 3106.24'E, 7022'N and 3143'E, 71N and 30E. From this co-ordinate (71N - 30E) further north along the 30E Meridian to: 90N and 30E, 90N and 35W, south to the Greenland coastline along the 35W meridian

METAREA XX - N/A

|From the border between Norway and Russia (Inland) to: 6947.68'N and 3049'16E, 6958.48'N and 3106'24E, 7022'N and 3143'E, 71N and 30E. From this co-ordinate (71N - 30E) further north along the 30E Meridian to: 90N and 30E, 90N and 125E, then south to the Russian Federation Coastline along the 125E meridian

METAREA XXI - N/A

|From a position on the Russian Federation Coastline at the 125E meridian to: 90N and 125E, 90N and 16858'W, 67N and 16858'W, west to a position on the Russian Federation Coastline along the 67N


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