Washington: Today - Sunny and pleasant, high near 75, low in the 50s. The chance of rain is near zero through tonight. Winds will be from the northwest at 10 to 20 mph. Thursday - Continued sunny, high near 80.

Maryland and Virginia: Today - Sunny and pleasant, high in the 70s, low in the 50s. Thursday - Continued sunny highs from the 70s to near 80.

Extended Area Forecast for Friday through Sunday - Fair Friday and Saturday but becoming cloudy on Sunday. Highs will average in the 80s to near 90, lows in the 60s. Normal Washington Temperatures are a high of 85 and a low of 65.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay - Fair weather with visibility of 5 miles or more. Winds will be from the northwest at 15 to 25 knots diminishing to 8 to 15 knots by nightfall. Waves will average 2 to 4 feet.

Atlantic Ocean Beaches from New Jersey to North Carolina: Today - Sunny and breezy, high in the 70s. Thursday - Sunny and pleasant, high again in the 70s. Water temperatures will range from near 60 in the north to near 70 in the south.

West Virginia: Today - Mostly sunny and cool, highs from the low 60s to low 70s, lows in the 40s, with 30 degree readings in the mountains. Thursday - Sunny and warmer, high in the 70s.

The national weather forecast for today - Showers will be scattered over northern New England, the southern Plains and from the upper Missouri Valley across Washington and Oregon. Showers and occasional thundershowers will remain over southern Florida. Temperatures will be warm or hot over much of the Plains and the Mississippi Vally, the southern two thirds of the Rockies, the interior Southwest and the Gulf Coast. Cool temperatures will remain over the eastern end of the Great Basin through the northern New England as well as from the Great Basin through the northern Rockies. Temperatures elsewhere over the nation will be seasonably mild.

Almanac Data for today: The sun rises 5:42 a.m., sets 8:34 p.m., moon rises 1:51 p.m., sets 1:27 a.m. Tides: high 2:41 a.m., and 2:56 p.m., low 9:45 a.m., and 9:51 p.m. High and low tides at the following locations may be obtained by subtracting the hours indicated from the hours above: Annapolis (3 1/4), Bloody Point Lighthouse (4 1/2), Deale, Md. (4 1/2), Colonial Beach (5 1/2), Norfolk (1), Virginia Beach (3/4), Solomons Island (6 1/4), Point Lookout (7).

Pollen Count: 18 for grass (a reading of more than 7 is considered to be undesirable).

The Council of Governments' Air Quality Index for yesterday showed the high reading in the Washington area during the 3 p.m. period was 25 for the pollutant, photochemical oxidants. Index values between 25 and 49 indicate fair 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 improve.

The National Weather Service forecasts the Potomac River Stage at Little Falls should remain between 3.5 and 3.6 feet today.

Washington data for yesterday; Highest temperature since midnight yesterday, 79 degrees at 4:20 p.m. Lowest temperature since midnight, 63 degrees at 9 p.m. Excess of temperature since June 1, 42 degrees. Deficiency of temperature since Jan. 1, 178 degrees. Record high temperature for today, 94 degrees in 1885, Record low temperature for today, 49 degrees in 1933. Relative humidity: maximum, 87 percent at 6 a.m.; minimum, 44 percent at 4 p.m. 24 hour precipitation. 40 inches, Deficiency of precipitation since June 1, .85 inches. Excess of precipitation since Jan. 1, 273 inches. Highest observed wind since 8 a.m. 21 miles per hour from the northwest at 11:53 a.m. Peak gust since 8 a.m., 37 miles per hour from the northwest at 12:25 p.m. Local Temps. Humidity(TABLE) Time(COLUMN)T.(COLUMN)H. midnight(COLUMN)76(COLUMN)69 1 a.m.(COLUMN)76(COLUMN)69 2 a.m.(COLUMN)75(COLUMN)71 3 a.m.(COLUMN)76(COLUMN)64 4 a.m.(COLUMN)72(COLUMN)76 5 a.m.(COLUMN)71(COLUMN)84 6 a.m.(COLUMN)71(COLUMN)87 7 a.m.(COLUMN)70(COLUMN)87 8 a.m.(COLUMN)70(COLUMN)87 9 a.m.(COLUMN)71(COLUMN)84 10 a.m.(COLUMN)71(COLUMN)73 11 a.m.(COLUMN)73(COLUMN)66 12 noon(COLUMN)75(COLUMN)56 1 p.m.(COLUMN)76(COLUMN)50 2 p.m.(COLUMN)75(COLUMN)48 3 p.m.(COLUMN)76(COLUMN)47 4 p.m.(COLUMN)78(COLUMN)44 5 p.m.(COLUMN)75(COLUMN)47 6 p.m.(COLUMN)74(COLUMN)45 7 p.m.(COLUMN)70(COLUMN)49 8 p.m.(COLUMN)66(COLUMN)52 9 p.m.(COLUMN)63(COLUMN)56 10 p.m.(COLUMN)62(COLUMN)56 11 p.m.(COLUMN)61(COLUMN)56(END TABLE) Temperatures ending 8 p.m. (EDT) yesterday(TABLE) City(COLUMN)L.(COLUMN)H. Albany(COLUMN)52(COLUMN)60 Albuquerque(COLUMN)59(COLUMN)88 Amarillo(COLUMN)63(COLUMN)86 Anchorage(COLUMN)49(COLUMN)55 Asheville(COLUMN)63(COLUMN)77 Atlanta(COLUMN)65(COLUMN)83 Atlantic City(COLUMN)62(COLUMN)70 Austin(COLUMN)75(COLUMN)95 Baltimore(COLUMN)67(COLUMN)75 Billings(COLUMN)50(COLUMN)80 Birmingham(COLUMN)68(COLUMN)83 Bismarck(COLUMN)51(COLUMN)78 Boise(COLUMN)56(COLUMN)80 Boston(COLUMN)60(COLUMN)76 Brownsville(COLUMN)75(COLUMN)94 Buffalo(COLUMN)47(COLUMN)57 Burlington, Vt.(COLUMN)55(COLUMN)67 Casper(COLUMN)49(COLUMN)90 Charleston, S.C.(COLUMN)72(COLUMN)86 Charleston, W.V.(COLUMN)57(COLUMN)68 Charlotte(COLUMN)68(COLUMN)85 Cheyenne(COLUMN)47(COLUMN)86 Chicago(COLUMN)47(COLUMN)65 Cincinnati(COLUMN)54(COLUMN)69 Cleveland(COLUMN)50(COLUMN)61 Columbia, S.C.(COLUMN)68(COLUMN)88 Columbus(COLUMN)50(COLUMN)59 Dal.-Ft. Worth(COLUMN)71(COLUMN)89 Dayton(COLUMN)50(COLUMN)64 Denver(COLUMN)53(COLUMN)90 Des Moines(COLUMN)56(COLUMN)82 Detroit(COLUMN)45(COLUMN)64 Duluth(COLUMN)44(COLUMN)64 El Paso(COLUMN)70(COLUMN)97 Fairbanks(COLUMN)50(COLUMN)63 Fargo(COLUMN)50(COLUMN)80 Flagstaff(COLUMN)40(COLUMN)82 Great Falls(COLUMN)52(COLUMN)84 Hartland(COLUMN)58(COLUMN)73 Helena(COLUMN)53(COLUMN)83 Honolulu(COLUMN)73(COLUMN)85 Houston(COLUMN)75(COLUMN)93 Indianapolis(COLUMN)53(COLUMN)74 Jackson(COLUMN)74(COLUMN)88 Jacksonville(COLUMN)66(COLUMN)90 Juneau(COLUMN)44(COLUMN)69 Kansas City(COLUMN)58(COLUMN)84 Las Vegas(COLUMN)77(COLUMN)102 Little Rock(COLUMN)64(COLUMN)84 Los Angeles(COLUMN)68(COLUMN)92 Louisville(COLUMN)60(COLUMN)74 Memphis(COLUMN)67(COLUMN)86 Miami Beach(COLUMN)75(COLUMN)86 Midland(COLUMN)68(COLUMN)91 Milwaukee(COLUMN)44(COLUMN)58 Mpls.-St. Paul(COLUMN)55(COLUMN)81 Nashville(COLUMN)60(COLUMN)79 New Orleans(COLUMN)74(COLUMN)93 New York(COLUMN)61(COLUMN)66 Norfolk(COLUMN)66(COLUMN)79 North Platte(COLUMN)49(COLUMN)83 Oklahoma City(COLUMN)66(COLUMN)83 Omaha(COLUMN)58(COLUMN)85 Orlando(COLUMN)75(COLUMN)93 Philadelphia(COLUMN)62(COLUMN)72 Phoenix(COLUMN)72(COLUMN)109 Pittsburgh(COLUMN)52(COLUMN)56 Portland, Me.(COLUMN)53(COLUMN)67 Portland, Ore.(COLUMN)50(COLUMN)64 Providence(COLUMN)60(COLUMN)78 Raleigh(COLUMN)67(COLUMN)86 Rapid City(COLUMN)50(COLUMN)90 Reno(COLUMN)42(COLUMN)80 Richmond(COLUMN)66(COLUMN)85 St. Louis(COLUMN)58(COLUMN)78 St. Prbg.-Tampa(COLUMN)74(COLUMN)92 Salt Lake City(COLUMN)66(COLUMN)94 San Antonio(COLUMN)76(COLUMN)92 San Diego(COLUMN)68(COLUMN)86 San Francisco(COLUMN)54(COLUMN)63 San Juan(COLUMN)75(COLUMN)90 St. Ste. Marie(COLUMN)38(COLUMN)56 Seattle(COLUMN)52(COLUMN)64 Shreveport(COLUMN)73(COLUMN)91 Sioux Falls(COLUMN)76(COLUMN)81 Spokane(COLUMN)50(COLUMN)63 Syracuse(COLUMN)46(COLUMN)52 Topeka(COLUMN)55(COLUMN)86 Tucson(COLUMN)70(COLUMN)104 Tulsa(COLUMN)60(COLUMN)86 Washington(COLUMN)66(COLUMN)79 Wichita(COLUMN)76(COLUMN)86(END TABLE) Temperatures Abroad Yesterday(TABLE) City(COLUMN)Weather(COLUMN)Time(COLUMN)Temp. Aberdeen(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)50 Amsterdam(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)54 Ankara(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)3 p.m.(COLUMN)86 Athens(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)2 p.m.(COLUMN)90 Auckland(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)midn.(COLUMN)45 Berlin(COLUMN)pt. cldy.(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)57 Birmingham(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)50 Bonn(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)59 Brussels(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)52 Cairo(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)2 p.m.(COLUMN)97 Casablanca(COLUMN)pt. cldy.(COLUMN)noon(COLUMN)70 Copenhagen(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)61 Dublin(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)59 Geneva(COLUMN)pt. cldy.(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)63 Hong Kong(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)8 p.m.(COLUMN)86 Jerusalem(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)2 p.m.(COLUMN)84 Lisbon(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)52 Madrid(COLUMN)pt. cldy.(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)77 Malta(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)82 Manila(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)8 p.m.(COLUMN)82 Moscow(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)3 p.m.(COLUMN)61 New Delhi(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)5 p.m.(COLUMN)102 Nice(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)73 Oslo(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)66 Paris(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)55 Peking(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)8 p.m.(COLUMN)77 Rome(COLUMN)rain(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)72 Saigon(COLUMN)pt. cldy.(COLUMN)8 p.m.(COLUMN)88 Sofia(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)2 p.m.(COLUMN)86 Stockholm(COLUMN)pt. cldy.(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)63 Sydney(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)10 p.m.(COLUMN)48 Tokyo(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)9 p.m.(COLUMN)75 Tunis(COLUMN)pt. cldy.(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)79 Vienna(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)63 Warsaw(COLUMN)rain(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)54(END TABLE) Temperatures (Western Hemisphere)(TABLE) City(COLUMN)Weather(COLUMN)High(COLUMN)Low Acapulco(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)80(COLUMN)77 Barbados(COLUMN)pt. cldy.(COLUMN)82(COLUMN)76 Bermuda(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)76(COLUMN)72 Bogota(COLUMN)pt. cldy.(COLUMN)51(COLUMN)48 Culiacan(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)99(COLUMN)70 Havana(COLUMN)fair(COLUMN)87(COLUMN)76 Kingston(COLUMN)fair(COLUMN)90(COLUMN)76 Montego Bay(COLUMN)fair(COLUMN)87(COLUMN)73 Mexico City(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)75(COLUMN)55 Monterrey(COLUMN)pt. cldy.(COLUMN)96(COLUMN)74 Nassau(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)87(COLUMN)73 St. Kitts(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)87(COLUMN)72 St. Thomas(COLUMN)fair(COLUMN)88(COLUMN)77 Veracruz(COLUMN)haze(COLUMN)88(COLUMN)75(END TABLE)