AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, becoming partly sunny, breezy, cool. High 66. Wind north 10-18 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, chilly. Low 46. Wind north 4-8 mph. Wednesday, partly to mostly sunny, cool. High 66. Wind west to northwest 6-12 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, becoming partly sunny, breezy, cool. High 64-67. Wind north 10-20 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, chilly. Low 43-46. Wind north 4-8 mph. Wednesday, mostly sunny, cool. High 64-67. Wind west to northwest 7-14 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, becoming partly sunny, breezy, cool. High 63-66. Wind north 10-20 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, chilly. Low 42-45. Wind north 4-8 mph. Wednesday, mostly sunny, cool. High 63-66. Wind west to northwest 6-12 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, becoming partly sunny, breezy, chilly. High 55-60. Low 35-40. Wind north 8-16 mph. Wednesday, sunny to partly cloudy. High 58-63. Wind west 6-12 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, becoming partly sunny, breezy, cool. High 64-69. Low 43-48. Wind north 10-20 mph. Wednesday, mostly sunny, cool. High 64-69. Wind west 8-16 mph. Surf 69-72.

Virginia: Today, cloudy to partly sunny, windy, cool. High 68-73. Low 48-55. Wind north 12-22 mph. Wednesday, mostly sunny, cool. High 68-73. Wind northeast 8-16 mph. Surf 73-76.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, becoming partly sunny, breezy. Wind north to northwest 10-18 mph.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, becoming partly sunny. Wind north 10-20 knots. Waves 1-2 feet on the lower Potomac and 2 feet or so on the bay.

River Stages: The National Weather Service estimates the stage at Little Falls to be 4.1 feet this morning. The level is predicted to hold near 4.1 feet Wednesday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Sun 7:07 a.m. 6:45 p.m.

Moon 2:59 a.m. 5:01 p.m.

Mercury 8:44 a.m. 7:26 p.m.

Venus 3:38 a.m. 4:45 p.m.

Mars 1:01 p.m. 10:12 p.m.

Jupiter 7:38 p.m. 8:56 a.m.

Saturn 8:21 p.m. 10:00 a.m.

Uranus 4:14 p.m. 2:21 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