AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, mostly sunny, breezy. High 68. Wind northwest 8-16 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, chilly. Low 46. Wind northwest 4-8 mph. Thursday, sunny, cool. High 64. Wind north to northwest 6-12 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, mostly sunny, breezy. High 67-70. Wind northwest 8-16 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, chilly, scattered frost. Low 37-40. Wind northwest 4-8 mph. Thursday, sunny, cool. High 64-67. Wind north to northwest 6-12 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, mostly sunny, breezy. High 67-70. Wind northwest 8-16 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, chilly, frosty areas. Low 37-40. Wind northwest 3-6 mph. Thursday, patchy fog early, sunny, cool. High 64-67. Wind north to northwest 6-12 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, mostly sunny, breezy. High 63-68. Low 30-35. Wind west 10-20 mph. Thursday, mostly sunny, chilly. High 55-60. Wind northwest 6-12 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, mostly sunny, breezy. High 64-69. Low 42-47. Wind northwest 10-20 mph. Thursday, sunny, cool. High 60-65. Wind north to northwest 7-14 mph. Surf 67-70.

Virginia: Today, mostly sunny. High 69-74. Low 45-55. Wind west to northwest 8-16 mph. Thursday, sunny, patchy fog early. High 66-71. Wind north 6-12 mph. Surf 70-73.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, mostly sunny, breezy. Wind west to northwest 10-18 mph.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, mostly sunny, breezy. Wind northwest 10-18 knots. Waves 1 foot on the lower Potomac and 1-2 feet on the Chesapeake Bay.

River Stages: The National Weather Service estimates the stage at Little Falls to be 4.0 feet this morning. The level is predicted to fall to 3.9 feet Thursday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Rise Set

Sun 7:08 a.m. 6:44 p.m.

Moon 4:03 a.m. 5:37 p.m.

Mercury 8:48 a.m. 7:25 p.m.

Venus 3:37 a.m. 4:43 p.m.

Mars 1:01 p.m. 10:11 1 p.m.

Jupiter 7:34 p.m. 8:51 a.m.

Saturn 8:17 p.m. 9:56 a.m.

Uranus 4:10 p.m. 2:17 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