AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, partly cloudy, warm. High 76. Wind southwest 5-10 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy. Low 58. Wind south to southwest 3-6 mph. Sunday, partly sunny, warm, shower possible. High 76. Wind southwest 6-12 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, partly cloudy, warm. High 75-78. Wind southwest 6-12 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy. Low 57-60. Wind south to southwest 4-8 mph. Sunday, partly sunny, warm, chance of a shower. High 75-78. Wind southwest 6-12 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, partly to mostly sunny, warm. High 75-78. Wind southwest 6-12 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy. Low 55-58. Wind south to southwest 3-6 mph. Sunday, partly sunny, warm, shower possible. High 75-78. Wind southwest 6-12 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, partly sunny, breezy, mild. High 68-73. Low 45-50. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Sunday, partly sunny, cooler, a shower. High 60-65. Wind north 6-12 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, partly cloudy, warm. High 72-77. Low 55-60. Wind south to southwest 6-12 mph. Sunday, partly sunny, warm. High 72-77. Wind southwest 6-12 mph. Surf 71-74.

Virginia: Today, mostly sunny, warm. High 75-80. Low 58-63. Wind south to southwest 6-12 mph. Sunday, partly sunny, warm. High 75-80. Wind southwest 6-12 mph. Surf 74-77.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, partly sunny, patchy fog early. Wind south to southwest 5-10 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, partly cloudy. Wind south to southwest 5-10 knots. Waters nearly smooth on the lower Potomac and the Chesapeake Bay.

River Stages: The National Weather Service estimates the stage at Little Falls to be 5.1 feet this morning. The level is predicted to fall to near 4.3 feet Sunday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Rise Set

Sun 7:04 a.m. 6:50 p.m.

Moon 2:45 p.m.

Mercury 8:33 a.m. 7:28 p.m.

Venus 3:41 a.m. 4:49 p.m.

Mars 1:03 p.m. 10:15 p.m.

Jupiter 7:51 p.m. 9:09 a.m.

Saturn 8:33 p.m. 10:13 a.m.

Uranus 4:25 p.m. 2:34 a.m.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Forecasts for Washington area, 202-334-9000 code 9100.

Long range regional forecasts, 703-260-0405.

Chesapeake Bay boating forecast, 703-260-0505.

Recreational and traveler's forecast, 703-260-0706.

Smithsonian Institution star/planet information, 202-357-2000.

Air Quality Index, 202-962-3299

For hourly updates of major cities on the internet,

http://www.weatherpost.com