Washington Today - Partly sunny, high near 60, low [WORD ILLEGIBLE]. The chance of precipitation is near zero through tonight. Wednesday - Variably cloudy, high near 70.

Maryland and Virginia: Partly sunny, highs near 60, lows from the upper 30s to mid 40s, Wednesday - Variably cloudy, highs near 70.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today - Fair with visibility of more than 5 miles. Wind will be from the south at less than 15 knots. Waves in unprotected waters will be less than 2 feet.

West Virginia: Today - Sunny, highs from the mid 50s to near 60, lows from the mid 30s to the mid 40s. Wednesday - Cloudy, chance of showers, highs from the upper 50s to the mid 60s.

Extended Area Forecast for Thursday through Saturday: Chance of showers on Thursday, fair on Friday and Saturday. Highs will be in the 60s, lows from the 30s to the mid 40s. Normal washington area temperatures for the period are a high of 56 and a low of 38.

The National Weather Forecast for today - Rain and occasional drizzle will extend from West portions of Washington and Oregon across the Idaho panhandle into northwestern Montana. Showers will turn to snow in higher elevations. Temperatures will be mild from the lower Ohio valley and upper Great Lakes through the Mississippi valley and central plains, as well as over the northern Rockies and inland portions of the southwest.Elsewhere, temperatures will be cool or cold.

Almanac Data for today - Sunrises 6:50 a.m., sets 4:55 p.m.; moon rises 11:05a.m., sets 9:42 p.m., Tides: high, 10:58 a.m. and 11:27 p.m. low 5:30 a.m., and 5:43 p.m. High and low tides at the following locations may be obtained by subtracting the hours indicated from the tides above. Annapolis (1 1/2), Bloody Point Lighthouse (4 1/2), Deale, Md., (4 1/2), Colonia Beach (6), Norfolk (1 1/2), Virginia Beach 1, Solomons Island (6 1/2), Point Lockout (7).

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 9 for the pollutant, photochemical oxidants. Index values between zero and 24 indicate good air quality. When the index exceeds 100 the air is considered very unhealthy and individuals 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 4.2 feet today.

Washington data at 8 p.m. (EDT) yesterday: Highest temperature since 8 a.m. yesterday, 49 degrees at 3:15 p.m. Lowest temperature since mdnight, 31 degrees at 4:30 a.m. Excess of temperature since Nov. 1, 101 degrees. Excess of temperature since Jan. 1, 524 degrees. Record high temperature for today, 79 degrees in 1973. Record low temperature for today, 20 deegrees in 1905. Relative humidity: Maximum, 61 per cent at 7 a.m.; Minimum, 31 per cent at 4 p.m. Excess of precipitation since Nov. 1, 92 inches. Deficiency of precipitation since Jan. 1, 5.56 inches. Highest observed wind since 6 a.m. 13 miles per hour from the north northwest at 11 a.m. Peak gust since 8 a.m., northwest miles per hour from the northwest at 11:02 a.m. Local Temp., Humidity(TABLE) Time(COLUMN)T.(COLUMN)H. 12 midnight(COLUMN)35(COLUMN)42 1 a.m.(COLUMN)35(COLUMN)48 2 a.m.(COLUMN)33(COLUMN)45 3 a.m.(COLUMN)33(COLUMN)54 4 a.m.(COLUMN)32(COLUMN)56 5 a.m.(COLUMN)32(COLUMN)58 6 a.m.(COLUMN)33(COLUMN)56 7 a.m.(COLUMN)32(COLUMN)61 8 a.m.(COLUMN)36(COLUMN)52 9 a.m.(COLUMN)39(COLUMN)46 10 a.m.(COLUMN)42(COLUMN)43 11 a.m.(COLUMN)44(COLUMN)40 12 noon(COLUMN)45(COLUMN)38 1 p.m.(COLUMN)47(COLUMN)33 2 p.m.(COLUMN)47(COLUMN)31 3 p.m.(COLUMN)47(COLUMN)34 4 p.m.(COLUMN)47(COLUMN)31 5 p.m.(COLUMN)46(COLUMN)31 6 p.m.(COLUMN)46(COLUMN)34 7 p.m.(COLUMN)46(COLUMN)34(END TABLE) Temperatures ending 8 p.m.(EST) yesterday:(TABLE) City(COLUMN)H. . Albany(COLUMN)37(COLUMN)27 Albuquerque(COLUMN)64(COLUMN)35 Amarillo(COLUMN)70(COLUMN)36 Anchorage(COLUMN)18(COLUMN)4 Asheville(COLUMN)45(COLUMN)23 Atlanta(COLUMN)53(COLUMN)33 Atlantic City(COLUMN)40(COLUMN)27 Austin(COLUMN)72(COLUMN)51 Baltimore(COLUMN)43(COLUMN)26 Billings(COLUMN)49(COLUMN)37 Birmingham(COLUMN)54(COLUMN)31 Bismarck(COLUMN)54(COLUMN)25 Boise(COLUMN)50(COLUMN)34 Boston(COLUMN)46(COLUMN)36 Brownsville(COLUMN)83(COLUMN)56 Buffalo(COLUMN)32(COLUMN)26 Burlington(COLUMN)33(COLUMN)28 Casper(COLUMN)58(COLUMN)37 Charleston S.C.(COLUMN)49(COLUMN)38 Ch'leston, W.Va.(COLUMN)36(COLUMN)23 Charlotte(COLUMN)49(COLUMN)29 Cheyenne(COLUMN)56(COLUMN)35 Chicago(COLUMN)43(COLUMN)32 Cincinnati(COLUMN)40(COLUMN)29 Cleveland(COLUMN)38(COLUMN)23 Columbia, S.C.(COLUMN)42(COLUMN)23 Columbia, O.(COLUMN)37(COLUMN)28 Dal.-Ft. Worth(COLUMN)72(COLUMN)55 Dayton(COLUMN)39(COLUMN)28 Denver(COLUMN)65(COLUMN)38 Des Monies(COLUMN)53(COLUMN)30 Detroit(COLUMN)33(COLUMN)23 Duluth(COLUMN)34(COLUMN)20 El Paso(COLUMN)72(COLUMN)36 Fairbanks(COLUMN)-4(COLUMN)-15 Fargo(COLUMN)36(COLUMN)20 Flagstaff(COLUMN)63(COLUMN)27 Great Falls(COLUMN)60(COLUMN)37 Hartford(COLUMN)38(COLUMN)28 Helena(COLUMN)54(COLUMN)32 Honolulu(COLUMN)86(COLUMN)77 Houston(COLUMN)70(COLUMN)55 Indianapolis(COLUMN)40(COLUMN)36 Jackson, Miss.(COLUMN)62(COLUMN)35 Jacksonville(COLUMN)58(COLUMN)34 Juneau(COLUMN)41(COLUMN)36 Kansas City(COLUMN)61(COLUMN)44 Las Vegas(COLUMN)71(COLUMN)43 Little Rock(COLUMN)53(COLUMN)33 Los Angeles(COLUMN)69(COLUMN)54 Louisville(COLUMN)44(COLUMN)35 Memphis(COLUMN)57(COLUMN)40 Miami Beach(COLUMN)76(COLUMN)63 Midland-Odessa(COLUMN)74(COLUMN)42 Milwaukee(COLUMN)41(COLUMN)32 Mpls.-St. Paul(COLUMN)39(COLUMN)24 Nashville(COLUMN)48(COLUMN)30 New Orleans(COLUMN)65(COLUMN)39 New York(COLUMN)37(COLUMN)31 Norfolk(COLUMN)46(COLUMN)35 North Platte(COLUMN)67(COLUMN)30 Oklahoma City(COLUMN)70(COLUMN)46 Omaha(COLUMN)52(COLUMN)37 Orlando(COLUMN)73(COLUMN)47 Philadelphia(COLUMN)38(COLUMN)25 Phoenix(COLUMN)83(COLUMN)58 Pittsburg$35(COLUMN)23 Portland, Me.(COLUMN)38(COLUMN)28 Portland, Ore.(COLUMN)55(COLUMN)48 Providence(COLUMN)43(COLUMN)30 Raleigh(COLUMN)46(COLUMN)20 Rapid City(COLUMN)58(COLUMN)34 Reno(COLUMN)61(COLUMN)21 Richmond(COLUMN)46(COLUMN)24 St. Louis(COLUMN)46(COLUMN)31 St. Prbe-Tampa(COLUMN)70(COLUMN)47 Satt Lake City(COLUMN)61(COLUMN)26 San Antonio(COLUMN)73(COLUMN)55 San Diego(COLUMN)68(COLUMN)62 San Francisco(COLUMN)63(COLUMN)52 San Juan. P.R.(COLUMN)87(COLUMN)75 St. Sle. Marie(COLUMN)29(COLUMN)26 Seattle(COLUMN)54(COLUMN)46 Shreveport(COLUMN)68(COLUMN)35 Sioux Falls(COLUMN)42(COLUMN)22 Spokane(COLUMN)47(COLUMN)39 Syracuse(COLUMN)36(COLUMN)28 Topeka(COLUMN)6(COLUMN)36 Tuscon(COLUMN)82(COLUMN)54 Tusla(COLUMN)66(COLUMN)51 Washington(COLUMN)44(COLUMN)31 Wichita(COLUMN)62(COLUMN)36(END TABLE) Temperatures Abroad Yesterday(TABLE) City(COLUMN)Weather(COLUMN)Time(COLUMN)T. Aberdeen(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)41 Amsterdam(COLUMN)rain(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)52 Ankara(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)3 p.m.(COLUMN)55 Athens(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)2 p.m.(COLUMN)66 Auckland(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)midnight(COLUMN)55 Berlin(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)2 p.m.(COLUMN)70 Birmingham(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)52 Brussels(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)54 Casablanca(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN) noon(COLUMN)64 Copenhagen(COLUMN) rain(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)35 Dublin(COLUMN)rain(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)41 Geneva(COLUMN)snow(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)34 Hong Kong(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)8 p.m.(COLUMN)73 Lisbon(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN) noon(COLUMN)61 London(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)54 Madrid(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)59 Malta(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)64 Manila(COLUMN)pt.cldy(COLUMN)8 p.m.(COLUMN)82 Moscow(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)3 p.m.(COLUMN)39 New Delhi(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)5 p.m.(COLUMN)81 Nice(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)63 Oslo(COLUMN)rain(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)37 Paris(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)55 Peking(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)8 p.m.(COLUMN)43 Rome(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)64 Saigon(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)8 p.m.(COLUMN)79 Sofia(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)2 p.m.(COLUMN)64 Stockholm(COLUMN)pt. clody(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)41 Sydney(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)10 p.m.(COLUMN)68 Tel Aviv(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)2 p.m.(COLUMN)73 Tokyo(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)9 p.m.(COLUMN)59 Tunis(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)72 Vienna(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)48 Warsaw(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)43(END TABLE) Temperatures (Western Hemisphere)(TABLE) City(COLUMN)Weather(COLUMN)High(COLUMN)Low Acapulco(COLUMN)fair(COLUMN)92(COLUMN)73 Barbados(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)86(COLUMN)77 Bermuda(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)75(COLUMN)65 Bogota(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)62(COLUMN)50 Culiacan(COLUMN)sunny(COLUMN)91(COLUMN)64 Havana clear(COLUMN)76(COLUMN)67 Kingston(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)87(COLUMN)75 Montego Bay(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)84(COLUMN)75 Mexico City(COLUMN)haze(COLUMN)68(COLUMN)44 Monterrey(COLUMN)pt. sunny(COLUMN)76(COLUMN)50 Nassau(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)77(COLUMN)62 St. Kitts(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)87(COLUMN)73 St. Thomas(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)86(COLUMN)75 Veracruz(COLUMN)fair(COLUMN)76(COLUMN)60(END TABLE)