AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, partly sunny, breezy, warm, shower early. High 76. Wind southwest 7-14 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy, mild. Low 58. Wind southwest 5-10 mph. Sunday, partly sunny, showers late. High 76. Wind southwest 8-16 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, partly sunny, breezy, warm. High 74-77. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy, mild. Low 55-58. Wind southwest 6-12 mph. Sunday, partly sunny, breezy, warm, rain likely at night. High 74-77. Wind southwest 8-16 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, partly sunny, breezy, warm, shower early. High 75-78. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy, mild. Low 55-58. Wind southwest 6-12 mph. Sunday, mostly cloudy, warm, rain late. High 72-75. Wind southwest 8-16 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, variably cloudy, shower, mild. High 67-72. Low 54-49. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Sunday, mostly cloudy, a shower, then steady rain. High 67-72. Wind southwest 8-16 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, partly sunny, warmer. High 72-77. Low 57-62. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Sunday, partly sunny, warm, rain at night. High 75-80. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Surf 66-69.

Virginia: Today, mostly sunny, warmer. High 75-80. Low 60-65. Wind southwest 6-12 mph. Sunday, partly sunny, warm, shower at night. High 77-82. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Surf 70-73.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, morning shower, then partly sunny, warmer. Wind southwest 7-14 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, partly sunny, warmer. Wind southwest 8-16 knots. Waves 1 foot on the lower Potomac and 1-2 feet on the Bay.

River Stages: The National Weather Service estimates the stage at Little Falls to be 3.7 feet this morning. The level is predicted to hold near 3.7 feet Sunday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Sun

Rise: 7:11 a.m.

Set: 6:39 p.m.

Moon

Rise: 7:07 a.m.

Set: 7:09 p.m.

Mercury

Rise: 8:58 a.m.

Set: 7:23 p.m.

Venus

Rise: 3:36 a.m.

Set: 4:39 p.m.

Mars

Rise: 12:59 p.m.

Set: 10:08 p.m.

Jupiter

Rise: 7:21 p.m.

Set: 8:38 a.m.

Saturn

Rise: 8:04 p.m.

Set: 9:43 a.m.

Uranus

Rise: 3:58 p.m.

Set: 2:05 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