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Weather Forecasts in Greece

The weather forecasts issued by the Hellenic National Meteorological Service (HNMS) are provided to navigators in the following ways:

TELEPHONE

Via the phone line of the Athens Marine Meteorological Centre of the Hellenic National Meteorological Service, one can obtain a forecast directly from the forecaster on duty for the sea area that one is interested in, on a 24-hour basis, by dialing 210 9699171. General weather forecasts are obtained from a pre-recorded message of the National Telecommunications Organisation of Greece (OTE), by dialing 14944.

RADIO

Regular Weather and Sea Bulletins for Shipping issued by the Hellenic National Meteorological Service are broadcast by the 1st Programme of the Hellenic Radio (ERA 1) in Greek, as are special forecasts and warnings, whenever issued. The frequencies and times of broadcast are mentioned below:
HELLENIC RADIO (NATIONAL NETWORK) (ERA 1)/DAILY/(AM) 7.29 KHz, (FM) 105.8 KHz, (FM) 91.6 KHz/06:05

Weather forecasts are also broadcasted by other state, private and municipal radio stations all over the country, on the FM band, after news bulletins.

TELEVISION

The Hellenic National Meteorological Service forecasts are announced on TV by professional Hellenic National Meteorological Service meteorologists, as well as by TV presenters. Greek public and private channels broadcast the weather forecast for the coming day at the end of the news bulletin. In addition, some channels broadcast a special forecast for the entire week.

VHF/OLYMPIA RADIO

VHF channel 16 broadcasts Gale Warnings as well as regular forecasts, upon vessel request.

OLYMPIA RADIO broadcasts pre-recorded Weather and Sea bulletins in Greek and English according to the following table:

Station
Chan.
WX Bulletin ( UTC )
Chios
85
0600-1000-1600-2000
Kefallonia
27
0600-1000-1600-2000
Kerkyra
02
0600-1000-1600-2000
Knossos
83
0600-1000-1600-2000
Kythira
85
0600-1000-1600-2000
Limnos
82
0600-1000-1600-2000
Moustakos
04
0600-1000-1600-2000
Mytilini
01
0600-1000-1600-2000
Parnis
25
0600-1000-1600-2000
Patra
85
0600-1000-1600-2000
Petalidi
83
0600-1000-1600-2000
Pilio
60
0600-1000-1600-2000
Rodos
63
0600-1000-1600-2000
Sitia
85
0600-1000-1600-2000
Syros
04
0600-1000-1600-2000
Sfendami
23
0600-1000-1600-2000

MINISTRY OF MERCHANT MARINE RADIO

Hellenic National Meteorological Service forecasts can also be communicated to vessels via any local Port Authority, upon calling local channel 12 or channels VHF 07, 18, 19, 20 and 2, depending on the locale of navigation.

OLYMPIA RADIO MF (RT) VIA THE NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS ORGANISATION OF GREECE (NTO) COASTAL STATIONS

Coastal Station
Call Sign
Broadcast Times (UTC)
Frequency (KHZ)
Emission Type
Antenna
IRAKLEIO RADIO
SVH
0633-0903- 1533-2133
2799
J3E
1KW
KERKYRA RADIO (Corfu)
SVK
0633-0903- 1533-2133
2830
J3E
1KW
LIMNOS RADIO
SVR
0633-0903- 1533-2133
2730
J3E
1.5-5KW
RODOS RADIO (Rhodes)
SVR
0633-0903- 1533-2133
2624
J3E
1KW

OLYMPIA RADIO HF (SITOR) VIA THE NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS ORGANISATION OF GREECE (NTO) COASTAL STATION

Coastal Station
Call Sign
Broadcast Times (UTC)
Frequency (KHZ)
Emission Type
Antenna
OLYMPIA RADIO
DSVO
0930-2130
8423KHz
J3E
1KW

NAVTEXT SYSTEM TRANSMISSION

Weather and navigation forecasts issued by the HNMS, together with any Hydrographic Service announcements, and any announcement of the Ministry of Merchant Marine, are transmitted today via the modern NAVTEX method, at the international 518 kHz frequency. NAVTEX transmissions are transmitted daily to vessels via the coastal NAVTEX stations of the NTO of Iraklio, Kerkyra, Limnos, at the following times:
IRAKLIO RADIO (I) CORFU RADIO (C) LIMNOS RADIO (L)
0510 UTC 0540 UTC 0550 UTC
0910 UTC 0940 UTC 0950 UTC
1710 UTC 1740 UTC 1750 UTC
2110 UTC 2140 UTC 2150 UTC


NOTES:

1.OLYMPIA RADIO stations (MF, HF, VHF) broadcasts the full HNMS weather forecast (Adriatic, Ionian, Central and Eastern Mediterranean, Aegean Sea, Sea of Marmaras, and Black Sea).

2. Iraklio, Corfu AND Limnos Radio NAVTEX stations broadcast the weather forecast pertaining to the areas they cover, as can be seen below:

KERKYRA RADIO (Corfu)
IRAKLEIO RADIO
LIMNOS RADIO
South Adriatic
Kithira Sea
Saronikos
Ionian Sea
Southwest Kritiko
South Evoikos
Patraikos
Southeast Kritiko
Samos Sea
Korinthiakos
Kastellorizo Sea
Kafireas Strait
Kithira Sea
Rodos Sea
Central Aegean
 
Karpathio
Northwest Aegean
 
West Kritiko
Northeast Aegean
 
East Kritiko
Thrakiko
 
Southwest Aegean
Thermaikos
 
Southeast Aegean
 
 
Samos Sea
 
 
Saronikos
 
 
South Evoikos
 
 
Kafireas Strait
 
 
Central Aegean
 

SATELLITE TRANSMISSION THROUGH THE SAFETYNET INTERNATIONL SERVICE, OF THE INMARSAT-C SYSTEM

The HNMS forecast for the entire Mediterranean and the Black Sea is transmitted daily through the Thermopiles ground station, from the East Atlantic (AOR-E) satellite at 1000 UTC and 2200 UTC.

RADIOFACSIMILE TRANSMISSIONS

On a daily basis the HNMS issues three (3) charts (Analysis, 24 and 48 hour prognosis), and eight (8) prognosis wave charts. The vessels equipped with a radiofacsimile receiver, may receive these charts, transmitted by the HNMS Transmission Center, at the times and frequencies indicated below:

METEOROLOGICAL CHART RADIOFACSIMILE TRANSMISSIONS TRANSMITTING STATION: NATIONAL

METEOROLOGICAL SERVICETRANSMISSION FREQUENCIES: 4481 AND 8105 kHzAREA COVERED: EAST - WEST MEDITERRANEAN & S. EUROPE

Transmission (UTC)

Duration Of Transmission

Drum Speed

Reference Time (UTC)

Details Of Chart & Valid Time (UTC)

0845 UTC

11 min

120/576

0600

Surface analysis

0857 UTC

11 min

120/576

0600

Surface prognosis (H+24)

0909 UTC

11 min

120/576

0600

Surface prognosis (H+48)

0921 UTC

11 min

120/576

1200 - 24

Wave Height prognosis (H+30)

0933 UTC

11 min

120/576

1200 - 24

Wave Height prognosis (H+36)

0945 UTC

11 min

120/576

1200 - 24

Wave Height prognosis (H+42)

0957 UTC

11 min

120/576

1200 - 24

Wave Height prognosis (H+48)

1009 UTC

11 min

120/576

1200 - 24

Wave Height prognosis (H+30)

1021 UTC

11 min

120/576

1200 - 24

Wave Height prognosis (H+36)

1033 UTC

11min

120/576

1200 - 24

Wave Height prognosis (H+42)

1044 UTC

11 min

120/576

1200 - 24

Wave Height prognosis (H+48)

Additional information: About Climate and Weather and Winds in Greece

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