Washington: Today - sunny, high near 70, low in mid 40s.The chance of rain is near zero. Wednesday - Sunny, high in the mid 70s.

Maryland and Virginia: Today - Sunny, highs from 50s to near 70, low ranging from the 30s to the near 50. Wednesday - Sunny, highs from the mid 0s to the low 70s.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today - Sunny, highs from the 50s. Fair with visibility of more than 5 miles. Wind will be from the northwest at less than 20 knots. Waves in unprotected waters will be less than 4 feet.

Extended Area Forecast for Thursday through Saturday. Partly clouds through the period, but a chance of showers on Thursday - highs will be in the 70s, lows in the 50s. Normal Washington temperatures for the period are a high of 73 and low of 53.

West Virginia: Today - partly cloudy, highs from the mid 50s to the mid 60s, lows from the upper 30s to the upper 40s. Wednesday - Sunny, highs from the mid to upper 60s.

The National Weather Forecast for today - Scattered showers and thundershowers will reach from southern and western Texas across New Mexico into southeaatern Arizona. Lingering showers will the rest of the country sunny to partly sunny and cool. Mild conditions will occur along the Gulf coast with warm weather in the desert southeast. Temperatures will be a little cooler over the northern rockies and plains. Slightly warmer readings can be expected in the central ad southern plains.

Almanac Data for today - Sun rises 7:06 a.m., sets 6:43 p.m.; moon rises 11:05 p.m. , sets 12:46 a.m. Tides: high 12:45 p.m. and low 7:34 a.m. and 7:34 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. High and low tides at the following locations can be contained by subtracting the hours indicated by subtracting the hours indicated from the tides above Annapolis [WORD ILLEGIBLE]; Bloody Port Lighthouse [WORD ILLEGIBLE]; Deale, Md. [WORD ILLEGIBLE]; Colonial Beach (6); Norfolk [WORD ILLEGIBLE]; Virginia Beacg (1); Solomons Island [WORD ILLEGIBLE]; Point Lockout (7).

Potion Count 15 Ragweed (note: Nore than 7 is considered uncesirable.)

The Council of Governments' Air Quality Index for yesterday showed the high reading in the Washington area during the 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. period was 15 for the pollutant, photochemical [WORD ILLEGIBLE]. Index values between zero and 24 indicate good air quality. When the index exceeds 100 the air is considered very unhealthy and individual's with lung, heart and eye ailments are urged to restrict their activity. The forecast for today indicates that the air quality will be good.

The National Weather Service forecasts the Potomac River stage at Little Falls should be near 2.8 feet today.(TABLE) Time(COLUMN)T.(COLUMN)H. 12mid(COLUMN)60(COLUMN)58 1a.m.(COLUMN)59(COLUMN)55 2a.m.(COLUMN)58(COLUMN)55 3a.m.(COLUMN)57(COLUMN)57 4a.m.(COLUMN)55(COLUMN)59 5a.m.(COLUMN)55(COLUMN)57 6a.m.(COLUMN)54(COLUMN)57 7a.m.(COLUMN)53(COLUMN)59 8 a.m.(COLUMN)54(COLUMN)55 9a.m.(COLUMN)57(COLUMN)49 10a.m.(COLUMN)60(COLUMN)44 11a.m.(COLUMN)61(COLUMN)39 12noon(COLUMN)64(COLUMN)37 1p.m.(COLUMN)64(COLUMN)34 2p.m.(COLUMN)65(COLUMN)33 3p.m.(COLUMN)65(COLUMN)34 4p.m.(COLUMN)66(COLUMN)30 5p.m.(COLUMN)64(COLUMN)35 7p.m.(COLUMN)63(COLUMN)42(END TABLE) Temperatures ending 8 p.m. (EDT) yesterday(TABLE) City(COLUMN)H.(COLUMN)L. L. Alburquerque(COLUMN)77(COLUMN)57 Amario(COLUMN)71(COLUMN)49 Asheville(COLUMN)83(COLUMN)47 Atlanta(COLUMN)22(COLUMN)49 Atlantic City(COLUMN)87(COLUMN)53 Austin(COLUMN)83(COLUMN)64 Baltimore(COLUMN)82(COLUMN)47 Billings(COLUMN)62(COLUMN)37 Birmingham(COLUMN)80(COLUMN)50 Bismark(COLUMN)58(COLUMN)37 Boise(COLUMN)64(COLUMN)57 Boston(COLUMN)77(COLUMN)57 Brownsville(COLUMN)96(COLUMN)77 Burlington(COLUMN)55(COLUMN)45 Casper(COLUMN)67(COLUMN)36 Charleston S.C.(COLUMN)90(COLUMN)65 Charlton W.Va.(COLUMN)69(COLUMN)46 Charlotte(COLUMN)86(COLUMN)50 Chaverne(COLUMN)58(COLUMN)33 Chicago(COLUMN)60(COLUMN)44 Cleveland(COLUMN)59(COLUMN)52 Columbia, S.C.(COLUMN)85(COLUMN)57 Columbus(COLUMN)58(COLUMN)43 Dal. Ft. Worth(COLUMN)79(COLUMN)51 Darlton(COLUMN)59(COLUMN)40 Denver(COLUMN)65(COLUMN)39 Des Moines(COLUMN)61(COLUMN)28 Detroit(COLUMN)58(COLUMN)37 Duluth(COLUMN)58(COLUMN)33 El Paso(COLUMN)83(COLUMN)56 Fairbanks(COLUMN)45(COLUMN)21 Fargo(COLUMN)61(COLUMN)37 Flagstaff(COLUMN)77(COLUMN)37Great falls 67(COLUMN)37 Harford(COLUMN)72(COLUMN)50 Helena(COLUMN)61(COLUMN)37 Honolulu(COLUMN)70(COLUMN)78 Houston(COLUMN)90(COLUMN)65 Indianapolis(COLUMN)65(COLUMN)42 Jackson, Miss.(COLUMN)80(COLUMN)53 Jacksonville(COLUMN)93(COLUMN)66 Juneau(COLUMN)48(COLUMN)29 Kansas City(COLUMN)63(COLUMN)47 Las Vegas(COLUMN)91(COLUMN)59 Little Rock(COLUMN)71(COLUMN)47 Los Angeles(COLUMN)81(COLUMN)67 Louisville(COLUMN)62(COLUMN)47 Memphis(COLUMN)69(COLUMN)57 Miami Beach(COLUMN)87(COLUMN)71 Midland-Odessa(COLUMN)68(COLUMN)58 Milwaukee(COLUMN)57(COLUMN)43 Mots-St. Paul(COLUMN)67(COLUMN)32 Nashville(COLUMN)57(COLUMN)46 New Orleans(COLUMN)91(COLUMN)63 New York(COLUMN)71(COLUMN)51 Norfolk(COLUMN)88(COLUMN)57 North Platte(COLUMN)58(COLUMN)36 Oklahoma City(COLUMN)73(COLUMN)46 Ornama(COLUMN)60(COLUMN)42 Orlando(COLUMN)93(COLUMN)76 Philadelphia(COLUMN)79(COLUMN)47 Phoenix(COLUMN)105(COLUMN)75 Pittsbourgh(COLUMN)62(COLUMN)44 Portland, Maine(COLUMN)75(COLUMN)48 portland Ore.(COLUMN)64(COLUMN)44 Providence(COLUMN)74(COLUMN)51 Raleigh(COLUMN)33 Portland Ore.(COLUMN)64(COLUMN)44 Providence(COLUMN)74(COLUMN)51 Raleigh(COLUMN)88(COLUMN)57 Rapid City(COLUMN)57(COLUMN)41 Reno(COLUMN)78(COLUMN)37 Richmond(COLUMN)90(COLUMN)48 St. Louis(COLUMN)61(COLUMN)40 St.Prbg-Tamoe(COLUMN)90(COLUMN)79 Salt Like City(COLUMN)71(COLUMN)46 San Antonio(COLUMN)85(COLUMN)63 San Diego(COLUMN)76(COLUMN)66 San Francisco(COLUMN)79(COLUMN)56SLSt. Ste.Marie 57(COLUMN)39 Seattle(COLUMN)59(COLUMN)42 Shreveport(COLUMN)82(COLUMN)53 Sioux Falls(COLUMN)68(COLUMN)32 Spokane(COLUMN)57(COLUMN)33 Syracuse(COLUMN)54(COLUMN)46 Topeka(COLUMN)67(COLUMN)38 Tucson(COLUMN)1100(COLUMN)77 Tulsa(COLUMN)71(COLUMN)45 Washington(COLUMN)82(COLUMN)52 Wichita(COLUMN)67(COLUMN)43(END TABLE)(TABLE) City(COLUMN)Weather(COLUMN)Time(COLUMN)Temp. Aberdeen(COLUMN)Cloudy(COLUMN) 1 p.m.(COLUMN)50 Amsterdam(COLUMN) clear(COLUMN) 1 p.m.(COLUMN)57 Ankara(COLUMN) clear(COLUMN) 3 p.m.(COLUMN)70 Athens(COLUMN) clear(COLUMN) 2 p.m.(COLUMN)77 Auckland(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)midnight(COLUMN)54 Berlin(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN) 1 p.m.(COLUMN)61 Birmingham(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN) 1 p.m.(COLUMN)51 Brussels(COLUMN) pt.cldy(COLUMN) 1 p.m.(COLUMN)54 Cairo(COLUMN) clear(COLUMN) 2 p.m.(COLUMN)93 Casablanca(COLUMN) clear(COLUMN) noon(COLUMN)72 Copenhagen(COLUMN)pt.cldy(COLUMN) 1 p.m.(COLUMN)52 Dublin(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN) 1 p.m.(COLUMN)61 Geneva(COLUMN) clear(COLUMN) 1 p.m.(COLUMN)72 Hong Kong(COLUMN) rain(COLUMN) 8 p.m.(COLUMN)81 Lisbon(COLUMN) clear(COLUMN) noon(COLUMN)75 London(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN) 1 p.m.(COLUMN)59 Madrid(COLUMN) clear(COLUMN) 1 p.m.(COLUMN)75 Manta(COLUMN)pt.cldy(COLUMN) 1 p.m.(COLUMN)75 Manita(COLUMN)pt.cldy(COLUMN) 8 p.m.(COLUMN)84 Moscow(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN) 3p.m.(COLUMN)50 New Delhi(COLUMN) clear(COLUMN) 5 p.m.(COLUMN)88 N'ce(COLUMN) clear(COLUMN) 1 p.m.(COLUMN)72 Oslo(COLUMN) rain(COLUMN) 1 p.m.(COLUMN)39 Paris(COLUMN)pt.cldy(COLUMN) 1 p.m.(COLUMN)61 (KEY OFF) eking (KEYWORD) clear(COLUMN) 8 p.m.(COLUMN)84 Rome(COLUMN) clear(COLUMN) 1 p.m.(COLUMN)72 Saigon(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN) 8 p.m.(COLUMN)72 Sofia(COLUMN) rain(COLUMN) 2 p.m.(COLUMN)43 Stockholm(COLUMN)pt.cldy(COLUMN) 1 p.m.(COLUMN)45 Sydney(COLUMN)pt.cldy(COLUMN)10 p.m.(COLUMN)64 Tel Aviv(COLUMN)pt.cldy(COLUMN) 2 p.m.(COLUMN)81 Tokyo(COLUMN) rain(COLUMN) 9 p.m.(COLUMN)79 Tonis(COLUMN) clear(COLUMN) 1 p.m.(COLUMN)79 Warsaw(COLUMN) rain(COLUMN) 1 p.m.(COLUMN)48(END TABLE) Temperatures (Western Hemisphere)(TABLE) City(COLUMN)Weather(COLUMN)H.(COLUMN)L. Acapulco(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN) 91(COLUMN)79 Barbados(COLUMN)pt.cldy(COLUMN)86(COLUMN)77 Bermuda(COLUMN) sunny(COLUMN)92(COLUMN)76 Calcary(COLUMN) clear(COLUMN)50(COLUMN)27 Cullacan(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)86(COLUMN)75 Edmonton(COLUMN)pt.cldy(COLUMN)54(COLUMN)27 Havana(COLUMN)pt.sunny(COLUMN)88(COLUMN)75 Kingston(COLUMN)pt.sunny(COLUMN)90(COLUMN)77 Montego Bay(COLUMN) sunny(COLUMN)88(COLUMN)75 Mexico City(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)77(COLUMN)54 Monterrey(COLUMN)pt. sunny(COLUMN)93(COLUMN)73 Montreal(COLUMN)rain(COLUMN)50(COLUMN)43 Nassau(COLUMN)sunny(COLUMN)90(COLUMN)72 Ottawa(COLUMN)rain(COLUMN)46(COLUMN)43 Regina(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)57(COLUMN)45 St. Kitts(COLUMN)sunny(COLUMN)89(COLUMN)77 St. Thomas(COLUMN)pt. sunny(COLUMN)90(COLUMN)77 Toronto(COLUMN)pt. cloudy(COLUMN)52(COLUMN)43 Vancouver(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)55(COLUMN)41 Veracruz(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)91(COLUMN)75 Winnipeg(COLUMN)pt. cloudy(COLUMN)61(COLUMN)36(END TABLE)