Washington: Today-Morning showers then becoming partly cloudy, windy and cooler, high 55 to 60, low 25 to 30. The chance of rain is 60 percent today, near zero tonight. Winds will shift to the northwest at 15 to 25 mph and become gustly. Friday-Sunny and cold, high near 40.

Maryland and Virginia: Today-Showers ending, becoming partly cloudy and windy, highs from the 50s to near 70, lows in the teens to the the mid 30s. Friday-Mostly sunny, highs from the 30s to the mid 40s.

West Virginia: Today-Rain changing to flurries, followed by partial clearing. Highs will be in the 30s, lows in the 20s. Friday-Sunny, high in the 30s.

Extended Area Forecast for Saturday through Monday-Partly cloudy. Highs will average from the upper 30s to the 40s, lows from the low 20s to the mid 30s. Normal Washington temperatures are a high of 43 and a low of 28.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay-Showers or thunderstorms likely followed by partial clearing.Visibility will be less than 1 mile in rain increasing to more than 5 miles by evening. Winds will be from the southwest at 10 to 20 knots shifting to the northwest at 15 to 25 knots during the afternoon. Waves will average 2 to 4 feet.

The Nation Yesterday: Rainshowers and thunderstorms continued over the lower Mississippi Valley through the Tennessee Valley, much of the Ohio Valley and the central Appalachians through the Virginias. Rain changed to freezing rain and sleet from Pennsylvania through the lower Great Lakes, and snow remained over portions of the Upper Great Lakes into northern portions of the Ohio Valley. Temperatures remained warm through much of the Gulf Coast, and record high temperatures were broken or tied over a wide area.

The National Weather Forecast for today-Rain will extend from the Carolinas and the Virginias across southern New Jersey and the southeastern portion of New England, as well as along the lower Great Lakes. Rain will change to freezing rain and sleet, occassionally mixed with snow, from the Ohio Valley into central New England. Snow will extend from northern New England across the remainder of the lower Great Lakes through Michigan. Rain along the Washington and Oregon coasts will change to snow in higher elevations, with snowy extending across Idaho and northwestern Wyoming across much of Montana. Temperatures will be mild from southernKansas and Oklahoma into the Texas panhandle, as well as from Georgia through the Atlantic Coastal states into central New England and the lower Great Lakes. Temperatures elsewhere across the nation will be seasonably cool.

Almanac Data for today: The sun rises 7:23 a.m., sets 4:50 p.m.; moon rises 11:37 p.m., sets 11:38 a.m. Tides: high 12:30 p.m., low 7:05 a.m. and 7:27 p.m. High and low tides at the following locations may be 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 Island (6 1/4), Point Lookout (7).

The Council of Government's Air Quality Index for yesterday showed the high reading in the Washington area during the 3 p.m. period was 13 for the pollutant, carbon monoxide. Index values between 3 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 remain good.

The National Weather Service forecasts the Potomac River stage at Little Falls should rise to 4.0 feet by evening.

Washington data for yesterday: Highest temperature since midnight yesterday, 43 degrees at 4:15 p.m. Lowest temperature since midnight, 35 degrees at 3:20 a.m. Excess of temperature since Dec. 1, 146 degrees. Excess of temperature since Jan. 1, 362 degrees. Record high temperature for today, 68 degrees in 1922. Record low temperature for today, 1 degree in 1942. Relative humidity: maximum, 93 percent at 6 p.m.; minimum, 30 percent at 1 a.m. 24-hour precipitaiton, .19 since Dec. 1, .37 inches. Excess of precipitation since Jan. 1, .20 inches. Highest observed wind since 7 a.m., 10 miles per hour from the southeast at 3 p.m. Peak gust since 7 a.m., 13 miles per hour from the east at 8:01 a.m.

Local Temp., Humidity(TABLE) Time(COLUMN)T.(COLUMN)H. 12 mid.(COLUMN)39(COLUMN)27 1 a.m.(COLUMN)38(COLUMN)30 2 a.m.(COLUMN)38(COLUMN)33 3 a.m.(COLUMN)38(COLUMN)35 4 a.m.(COLUMN)35(COLUMN)42 5 a.m.(COLUMN)35(COLUMN)44 6 a.m..h35(COLUMN)46 7 a.m.(COLUMN)35(COLUMN)50 8 a.m.(COLUMN)35(COLUMN)54 9 a.m.(COLUMN)35(COLUMN)56 10 a.m.(COLUMN)36(COLUMN)57 11 a.m.(COLUMN)37(COLUMN)57 12 noon(COLUMN)35(COLUMN)59 1 p.m.(COLUMN)38(COLUMN)59 2 p.m.(COLUMN)39(COLUMN)65 3 p.m.(COLUMN)40(COLUMN)67 4 p.m.(COLUMN)42(COLUMN)73 5 p.m.(COLUMN)42(COLUMN)86 6 p.m.(COLUMN)43(COLUMN)93 7 p.m(COLUMN)43(COLUMN)93 8 p.m.(COLUMN)44(COLUMN)93 9 p.m.(COLUMN)45(COLUMN)93 10 p.m.(COLUMN)45(COLUMN)93 11 p.m.(COLUMN)46(COLUMN)93(END TABLE)

Temperatures ending 7 p.m. (EST) yesterday(TABLE) City(COLUMN)L.(COLUMN)h Albany(COLUMN)18(COLUMN)27 Albuquerque(COLUMN)27(COLUMN)42 Amarillo(COLUMN)31(COLUMN)48 Anchorage(COLUMN)14(COLUMN)20 Asheville(COLUMN)43(COLUMN)67 Atlanta(COLUMN)59(COLUMN)72 Atlantic City(COLUMN)30(COLUMN)43 Austin(COLUMN)65(COLUMN)77 Baltimore(COLUMN)31(COLUMN)40 Billings(COLUMN)12(COLUMN)30 Birmingham(COLUMN)63(COLUMN)74 Bismarck(COLUMN)11(COLUMN)23 Boise(COLUMN)16(COLUMN)37 Boston(COLUMN)25(COLUMN)35 Brownsville(COLUMN)70(COLUMN)82 Buffalo(COLUMN)20(COLUMN)33 Burlington, Vt.(COLUMN)05(COLUMN)21 Casper(COLUMN)00(COLUMN)20 Charleston, S.C.(COLUMN)62(COLUMN)75 Charl'ton, W.V.(COLUMN)39(COLUMN)66 Charlotte(COLUMN)43(COLUMN)51 Cheyenne(COLUMN)16(COLUMN)30 Chicago(COLUMN)32(COLUMN)37 Cincinnati(COLUMN)37(COLUMN)63 Cleveland(COLUMN)29(COLUMN)54 Columbia, S.C.(COLUMN)50(COLUMN)76 Columbus(COLUMN)31(COLUMN)60 Dal.-Ft. Worth(COLUMN)59(COLUMN)77 Dayton(COLUMN)33(COLUMN)61 Denver(COLUMN)18(COLUMN)34 Des Moines(COLUMN)21(COLUMN)34 Detroit(COLUMN)27(COLUMN)36 Duluth(COLUMN)21(COLUMN)24 El Paso(COLUMN)44(COLUMN)52 Evansville(COLUMN)45(COLUMN)63 Fairbanks(COLUMN)00(COLUMN)04 Fargo(COLUMN)09(COLUMN)15 Flagstaff(COLUMN)15(COLUMN)34 Great Falls(COLUMN)13(COLUMN)33 Hartford(COLUMN)21(COLUMN)32 Helena(COLUMN)22(COLUMN)32 Honolulu(COLUMN)67(COLUMN)78 Houston(COLUMN)68(COLUMN)78 Indianapolis(COLUMN)38(COLUMN)61 Jackson(COLUMN)65(COLUMN)81 Jacksonville(COLUMN)57(COLUMN)77 Juneau(COLUMN)33(COLUMN)38 Kansas City(COLUMN)31(COLUMN)35 Las Vegas(COLUMN)32(COLUMN)51 Little Rock(COLUMN)58(COLUMN)65 Los Angeles(COLUMN)37(COLUMN)62 Louisville(COLUMN)46(COLUMN)66 Memphis(COLUMN)59(COLUMN)71 Miami Beach(COLUMN)58(COLUMN)78 Midland(COLUMN)50(COLUMN)58 Milwaukee(COLUMN)31(COLUMN)34 Mpls.-St. Paul(COLUMN)21(COLUMN)30 Nashville(COLUMN)58(COLUMN)69 New Orleans(COLUMN)61(COLUMN)80 New York(COLUMN)26(COLUMN)36 Norfolk(COLUMN)39(COLUMN)49 North Platte(COLUMN)17(COLUMN)27 Oklahoma City(COLUMN)38(COLUMN)59 Omaha(COLUMN)19(COLUMN)25 Orlando(COLUMN)50(COLUMN)81 Philadelphia(COLUMN)31(COLUMN)34 Phoenix(COLUMN)39(COLUMN)58 Pittsburgh(COLUMN)28(COLUMN)50 Portland, Me.(COLUMN)09(COLUMN)29 Portland, Ore.(COLUMN)28(COLUMN)33 Providence(COLUMN)21(COLUMN)33 Raleigh(COLUMN)40(COLUMN)53 Rapid City(COLUMN)13(COLUMN)33 Reno(COLUMN)-07(COLUMN)16 Richmond(COLUMN)39(COLUMN)46 St. St.Louis(COLUMN)35(COLUMN)68 St. Prbg.-Ta'pa(COLUMN)61(COLUMN)75 Salt Lake City(COLUMN)13(COLUMN)31 San Antonio(COLUMN)54(COLUMN)78 San Diego(COLUMN)43(COLUMN)63 San Francisco(COLUMN)41(COLUMN)51 San Juan(COLUMN)72(COLUMN)84 St. Ste. Marie(COLUMN)15(COLUMN)20 Seattle(COLUMN)34(COLUMN)43 Shreveport(COLUMN)68(COLUMN)75 Sloux Falls(COLUMN)17(COLUMN)21 Spokane(COLUMN)20(COLUMN)28 Syracuse(COLUMN)21(COLUMN)31 Topeko(COLUMN)32(COLUMN)37 Tuscon(COLUMN)39(COLUMN)51 Tulsa(COLUMN)42(COLUMN)65 Washington(COLUMN)35(COLUMN)43 Wichifa(COLUMN)30(COLUMN)43(END TABLE)

Temperatures Abroad Yesterday(TABLE) City(COLUMN)Weather(COLUMN)Time(COLUMN)Temp Aberdeen(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)36 Amsterdam(COLUMN)haze(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)27 Ankara(COLUMN)fog(COLUMN)3 p.m.(COLUMN)39 Athens(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)2 p.m.(COLUMN)64 Berlin(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)27 Birmingham(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)32 Bonn(COLUMN)snow(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)25 Brussels(COLUMN)snow(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)27 Casablanca(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)noon(COLUMN)54 Copenhagen(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)36 Dublin(COLUMN)pt. cldy.(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)39 Geneva(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)37 Hong Kong(COLUMN)rain(COLUMN)8 p.m.(COLUMN)63 Jerusalem(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)2 p.m.(COLUMN)45 Lisbon(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)noon(COLUMN)45 London(COLUMN)snow(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)34 Madrid(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)32 Malta(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)64 Manila(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)8 p.m.(COLUMN)81 Moscow(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)3 p.m.(COLUMN)05 New Delhi(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)5 p.m.(COLUMN)70 Nice(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)50 Oslo(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)25 Paris(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)30 Peking(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)8 p.m.(COLUMN)14 Rome(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)55 Saigon(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)8 p.m.(COLUMN)82 Sofia(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)2 p.m.(COLUMN)43 Stockham(COLUMN)pt. cldy.(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)25 Sydney(COLUMN)pt. cldy(COLUMN)10 p.m.(COLUMN)63 Tokyo(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)9 p.m.(COLUMN)37 Tunis(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)61 Vienna(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)23 Warsaw(COLUMN)cloudy(COLUMN)1 p.m.(COLUMN)34(END TABLE)

Temperatures (Western Hemisphere)(TABLE) City(COLUMN)weather(COLUMN)High(COLUMN)Low Acapulco(COLUMN)fair(COLUMN)87(COLUMN)73 Barbados(COLUMN)fair(COLUMN)84(COLUMN)75 Bermuda(COLUMN)fair(COLUMN)68(COLUMN)64 Cullacan(COLUMN)clear(COLUMN)81(COLUMN)64 Havana(COLUMN)fair(COLUMN)81(COLUMN)64 Mexico City(COLUMN)haze(COLUMN)72(COLUMN)41 Monterrey(COLUMN)fair(COLUMN)82(COLUMN)55 Nassau(COLUMN)fair(COLUMN)79(COLUMN)53 St. Kitts(COLUMN)pt. cldy.(COLUMN)84(COLUMN)71 Vera Cruz(COLUMN)pt. cldy.(COLUMN)84(COLUMN)64(END TABLE)