Washington: Today-Mostly sunny and warmer, high near 55, low in the high 30s. The chance of rain is near zero today and tonight. Winds will be from the southwest at 10 to 20 mph. Saturday-Sunny, high near 60.

Maryland and Virginia: Today-Sunny, highs from the mid 40s to the mid 50s, lows from the upper 20s to the mid 30s. Saturday-Sunny, highs from the mid 50s to the mid 60s.

Extended Area Forecast for Sunday through Tuesday: Partly cloudy and colder on Sunday, fair on Monday and Tuesday. Highs from the mid 40s to the mid 50s, lows from the mid 20s to the mid 30s.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today-Fair, with good visibility. Winds from the southwest at 15 to 25 knots today, diminishing somewhat tonight. Waves will average 3 feet.

West Virginia: Today and Saturday-Sunny and warmer, highs from the mid 40s to the mid 50s, lows from the low 20s to the low 30s.

The Nation Yesterday: High winds blew across parts of Montana, the middle Mississippi Valley, and portions of the central and eastern Great Lakes. Snow continued in the eastern Great Lakes and in northern New England. Rain fell in parts of Oregon and Washington, with drizzle and rain spread across the Texas Gulf Coast. The upper MississippiValley into the Great Lakes area and New England were cold, with freezing and subfreezing temperatures California, Texas and the Gulf Coast into Florida and Georgia were cool.

The National Weather Forecast for today: Rain will fall over much of the Pacific Northwest, and snow flurries will range from eastern Lake Superiro across to New York State and into parts of central and northern New England. Much of south and southeast Texas will have rain. Skies will be sunny to mostly sunny from the southern Pacific Coast across the northern and central Plains to the middle Atlantic Coast. Mild temperatures will extend from the northern and central Plains across the Mississippi Valley to western New England and the middle Atlantic Coastal states. Elsewhere, temperatures will be cool.

Almanac Data for today: The sun rises 7:19 a.m., sets 4:47 p.m.; moon rises 6:11 p.m., sets 7:54 a.m. Tides: high 8:37 a.m. and 8:53 p.m. low 3:02 a.m. and 3:10 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 1/4), Norfolk (1), Virginia Beach (3/4), Solomons Islands (6 1/4), Point Lookout (7).

The Council of Government's Air Quarity Index for yesterday showed the high reading in the Washington area during the 3 p.m. period was 13 for the pollutant, photo-chemical oxidants. Index values between 3 and 24 indicate good air guality. 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 continue to be good.

The National Weather Service forecasts the Potomac River stage at Little Falls should fall slowly to 4 feet today.

Washington data for yesterday: Highest temperature since midnight yesterday, 45 degrees at 12 a.m. Lowest temperature since midnight, 36 degrees at 6:35 a.m. Record high temperautre for today, 71 degrees in 1971. Record low temperature for today, 6 degrees in 1904. Relative humidity: maxium, 46 percent at 1:00 a.m.; minimum, 32 percent at 1 p.m. 24 hour precipitation since Dec. 1, .78 inches. Excess of precipitation since Jan. 1, 61 inches. Highest observed wind since 7 a.m., 29 miles per hour from the Northwest at 11:45 a.m. Peak gust since 7 a.m., 37 miles per hour from the northwest at 9:02 a.m.

Local Temp., Humidity(TABLE) Time(COLUMN)T.(COLUMN)H. 12 night(COLUMN)45(COLUMN)35 1 a.m.(COLUMN)37(COLUMN)46 2 a.m.(COLUMN)36(COLUMN)44 3 a.m.(COLUMN)39(COLUMN)44 4 a.m.(COLUMN)38(COLUMN)45 5 a.m.(COLUMN)38(COLUMN)47 6 a.m.(COLUMN)37(COLUMN)42 7 a.m.(COLUMN)36(COLUMN)44 8 a.m.$'36(COLUMN)44 9 a.m.(COLUMN)36(COLUMN)42 10 a.m.(COLUMN)38(COLUMN)36 11 a.m.(COLUMN)40(COLUMN)35 12 noon(COLUMN)40(COLUMN)34 1 p.m.(COLUMN)41(COLUMN)32 i p.m.(COLUMN)41(COLUMN)33 3 p.m.(COLUMN)41(COLUMN)33 4 p.m.(COLUMN)41(COLUMN)33 5 p.m.(COLUMN)39(COLUMN)34 6 p.m.(COLUMN)39(COLUMN)33 7 p.m.(COLUMN)38(COLUMN)34 8 p.m.(COLUMN)35(COLUMN)42 9 p.m.(COLUMN)33(COLUMN)47 10 p.m.(COLUMN)33(COLUMN)51 11 p.m.(COLUMN)32(COLUMN)56(END TABLE)

Temperatures ending 7 p.m. (EST) yesterday(TABLE) City(COLUMN)L.(COLUMN)H. Albany(COLUMN)29(COLUMN)33 Albuquerque(COLUMN)17(COLUMN)48 Amarillo(COLUMN)18(COLUMN)55 Anchorage(COLUMN)19(COLUMN)26 Asheville(COLUMN)26(COLUMN)44 Atlanta(COLUMN)30(COLUMN)51 Atlantic City(COLUMN)32(COLUMN)38 Austin(COLUMN)43(COLUMN)48 Baltimore(COLUMN)28(COLUMN)41 Billings(COLUMN)23(COLUMN)34 Birmingham(COLUMN)29(COLUMN)50 Bismarck(COLUMN)15(COLUMN)40 Boise(COLUMN)10(COLUMN)32 Boston(COLUMN)32(COLUMN)39 Brownsville(COLUMN)51(COLUMN)53 Buffalo(COLUMN)25(COLUMN)30 Burlington(COLUMN)24(COLUMN)29 Casperh20(COLUMN)34 Charleston, S.C.(COLUMN)44(COLUMN)56 Charleston, WV.(COLUMN)27(COLUMN)38 Charlotte(COLUMN)36(COLUMN)48 Cheyenne(COLUMN)27(COLUMN)44 Chicago(COLUMN)17(COLUMN)37 Cincinnati(COLUMN)20(COLUMN)38 Cleveland(COLUMN)23(COLUMN)33 Columbia(COLUMN)36(COLUMN)56 Columbus(COLUMN)21(COLUMN)35 Dal.-Ft. Worth(COLUMN)35(COLUMN)52 Dayton(COLUMN)18(COLUMN)37 Denver$'15(COLUMN)54 Des Moines(COLUMN)19(COLUMN)43 Detroit(COLUMN)21(COLUMN)34 Duluth(COLUMN)10(COLUMN)26 El Paso(COLUMN)30(COLUMN)56 Evansville(COLUMN)23(COLUMN)40 Fairbanks(COLUMN)03(COLUMN)09 Fargo(COLUMN)19(COLUMN)32 Flagstaff(COLUMN)11(COLUMN)52 Great Falls(COLUMN)31(COLUMN)39 Hartford(COLUMN)25(COLUMN)33 Helena(COLUMN)07(COLUMN)33 Houston(COLUMN)45(COLUMN)56 Indianapolis(COLUMN)22(COLUMN)39 Jackson, Miss.(COLUMN)37(COLUMN)50 Jacksonville(COLUMN)31(COLUMN)58 Juneau(COLUMN)33(COLUMN)36 Kansas City(COLUMN)26(COLUMN)46 Las Vegas(COLUMN)32(COLUMN)59 Little Rock(COLUMN)28(COLUMN)48 Los Angeles(COLUMN)50(COLUMN)76 Louisville(COLUMN)27(COLUMN)40 Memphis(COLUMN)26(COLUMN)47 Miami Beach(COLUMN)60(COLUMN)75 Midland-Odessa(COLUMN)32(COLUMN)54 Milwaukee(COLUMN)18(COLUMN)33 Mpls.-St. Paul$'22(COLUMN)31 Nasvhille(COLUMN)22(COLUMN)44 New Orleans(COLUMN)45(COLUMN)53 New york(COLUMN)33(COLUMN)37 Norfolk(COLUMN)36(COLUMN)44 North Platte(COLUMN)10(COLUMN)39 Oklahoma City(COLUMN)20(COLUMN)49 Omaha(COLUMN)18(COLUMN)40 Orlando(COLUMN)49(COLUMN)73 Philadelphia(COLUMN)31(COLUMN)40 Phoenix(COLUMN)47(COLUMN)74 Pittsburgh(COLUMN)24(COLUMN)31 Pittsburgh(COLUMN)24(COLUMN)31 Portland, Maine(COLUMN)25(COLUMN)35 Portland, Ore.(COLUMN)35(COLUMN)48 Providence(COLUMN)29(COLUMN)36 Raleigh(COLUMN)30(COLUMN)45 Rapid City(COLUMN)11(COLUMN)46 Reno(COLUMN)12(COLUMN)51 Richmond(COLUMN)32(COLUMN)45 St. Louis(COLUMN)24(COLUMN)47 St. Prbg.-Tampa(COLUMN)48(COLUMN)69 Salt Lake City(COLUMN)15(COLUMN)36 San Antonio(COLUMN)46(COLUMN)50 San Diego(COLUMN)46(COLUMN)72 San Francisco(COLUMN)47(COLUMN)63 San Juan(COLUMN)71(COLUMN)84 St. Ste. Marie(COLUMN)08(COLUMN)23 Seattle(COLUMN)43(COLUMN)50 Sherveport(COLUMN)37(COLUMN)52 Sioux Falls(COLUMN)10(COLUMN)32 Spokane(COLUMN)24(COLUMN)37 Syracuse(COLUMN)27(COLUMN)31 Topeka(COLUMN)17(COLUMN)48 Tucson(COLUMN)51(COLUMN)71 Tulsa(COLUMN)21(COLUMN)51 Washington(COLUMN)36(COLUMN)45 Wichita(COLUMN)21(COLUMN)47(END TABLE)

Temperature Abroad Yesterday(TABLE) City(COLUMN)Weather(COLUMN)Time(COLUMN)Temp. Aberdeen(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)43 Amsterdam(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)45 Ankara(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)3 p.m.(COLUMN)37 Athens(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)2 p.m.(COLUMN)66 Auckland(COLUMN)rain(COLUMN)12 a.m.(COLUMN)61 Berlin(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)45 Birmingham(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)45 Bonn(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)48 Brussels(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)48 Casablanca(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)12 p.m.(COLUMN)66 Copenhagen(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)41 Dublin(COLUMN)rain(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)46 Geneva(COLUMN)rain(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)45 Hong Kong(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)8 p.m.(COLUMN)68 Jerusalem(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)2 p.m.(COLUMN)54 Lisbon(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)12 p.m.(COLUMN)61 London(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)48 Madrid(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)52 Manila(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)8 p.m.(COLUMN)79 Moscow(COLUMN)rain(COLUMN)3 p.m.(COLUMN)32 New Delhi(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)5 p.m.(COLUMN)70 Nice(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)59 Oslo(COLUMN)snow(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)27 Paris(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)46 Peking(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)8 p.m.(COLUMN)27 Rome(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)61 Saigon(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)8 p.m.(COLUMN)81 Sofia(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)2 p.m.(COLUMN)43 Stockholm(COLUMN)snow(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)23 Tehran(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)3 p.m.(COLUMN)50 Tokyo(COLUMN)haze(COLUMN)9 p.m.(COLUMN)52 Tunis(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)70 Vienna(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)46 Warsaw(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)39(END TABLE)

Temperatures (Western Hemisphere)(TABLE) City(COLUMN)Weather(COLUMN)High(COLUMN)Low Acapulico(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)91(COLUMN)73 Barbados(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)84(COLUMN)73 Bermuda(COLUMN)sunny(COLUMN)76(COLUMN)66 Bogota(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)59(COLUMN)49 Calgary(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)41(COLUMN)32 Culiacan(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)91(COLUMN)61 Edmonton(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)37(COLUMN)28 Havana(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)79(COLUMN)67 Kingston(COLUMN)fair(COLUMN)88(COLUMN)72 Montego Bay(COLUMN)fair(COLUMN)84(COLUMN)70 Mexico City(COLUMN)haza(COLUMN)72(COLUMN)50 Monterrey(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)70(COLUMN)54 Montreal(COLUMN)pt. cldy.(COLUMN)37(COLUMN)23 Nassau(COLUMN)pt. cldy.(COLUMN)79(COLUMN)59 Ottawa(COLUMN)pt. cldy.(COLUMN)37(COLUMN)14 St. Kitts(COLUMN)pt. cldy.(COLUMN)85(COLUMN)74 Toronto(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)37(COLUMN)21 Vancouver(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)41(COLUMN)37 Vera Cruz(COLUMN)pt. cldy.(COLUMN)75(COLUMN)70 Winnipeg(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)19(COLUMN)10(END TABLE) CAPTION: Map, no caption