AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, partly sunny, seasonable. High 76. Wind southwest 6-12 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy. Low 58. Wind southwest 7-14 mph. Monday, cloudy, rainy. High 66. Wind northwest 8-16 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, partly sunny, seasonable. High 75-79. Wind southwest 7-14 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy, light showers. Low 54-58. Wind southwest 6-12 mph. Monday, cloudy, rainy, cooler. High 66-73. Wind northwest 7-14 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, partly sunny, warm. High 76-80. Wind southwest 7-14 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy. Low 57-61. Wind southwest 5-10 mph. Monday, mostly cloudy, rain possible. High 66-76. Wind southwest 7-14 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, partly sunny, mild. High 72-76. Winds southeast 5-10 mph. Tonight, becoming mostly cloudy. Low 53-57. Monday, mostly cloudy, rainy. High 71-75. Wind southwest 6-12 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, partly sunny, warm. High 73-80. Wind southwest 5-10 mph. Monday, cooler, rainy. High 56-60. Wind west to northwest 4-8 mph. Surf 71-74.

Virginia: Today, partly to mostly sunny, warm. High 74-80. Wind south to southeast 7-14 mph. Monday, mostly cloudy, rainy. High 78-82. Wind southwest 7-14 mph. Surf 74-77.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, becoming partly cloudy, warm. Wind south to southwest 6-12 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, partly sunny. Wind south to southwest 6-12 knots. Waters a light chop on the lower Potomac and the Chesapeake Bay.

River Stages: The National Weather Service estimates the stage at Little Falls to be 4.6 feet this morning. The level is predicted to fall to near 3.8 feet Monday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

Planet Watch

Rise Set

Sun 7:05 a.m. 6:48 p.m.

Moon 12:52 a.m. 3:37 p.m.

Mercury 8:37 a.m. 7:27 p.m.

Venus 3:40 a.m. 4:47 p.m.

Mars 1:03 p.m. 10:14 p.m.

Jupiter 7:47 p.m. 9:05 a.m.

Saturn 8:29 p.m. 10:09 a.m.

Uranus 4:22 p.m. 2:29 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