AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, mostly cloudy, showers, breezy. High 74. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy, showers. Low 60. Wind west 8-16 mph. Monday, clouds early, partly sunny afternoon, breezy. High 72. Wind northwest 8-16 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, mostly cloudy, showers, breezy. High 72-76. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy, showers. Low 58-62. Wind west 8-16 mph. Monday, clouds early, partly sunny afternoon, breezy. High 70-74. Wind northwest 8-16 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, mostly cloudy, showers, breezy. High 72-76. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy, showers. Low 58-62. Wind west 8-16 mph. Monday, clouds early, partly sunny afternoon, breezy. High 70-74. Wind northwest 8-16 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, cloudy, rain, thunderstorms. High 66-70. Low 48-52. Wind southwest 10-18 mph. Monday, clouds early, partial clearing, breezy. High 66-70. Wind west 8-16 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, mostly cloudy, showers. High 72-76. Low 58-62. Wind southwest 10-20 mph. Monday, becoming partly sunny. High 70-74. Wind west 8-16 mph. Surf 62-66.

Virginia: Today, mostly cloudy, afternoon showers. High 72-76. Low 58-62. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Monday, partly sunny, breezy. High 70-74. Wind west 8-16 mph. Surf 68-72.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, mostly cloudy, showers. Wind southwest 10-20 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, mostly cloudy, showers. Wind southwest 10-20 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 Monday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

Planet Watch

Rise Set

Sun 7:12 a.m. 6:38 p.m.

Moon 8:06 a.m. 7:39 p.m.

Mercury 9:02 a.m. 7:23 p.m.

Venus 3:35 a.m. 4:38 p.m.

Mars 12:58 p.m. 10:07 p.m.

Jupiter 7:17 p.m. 8:33 a.m.

Saturn 8:00 p.m. 9:39 a.m.

Uranus 3:54 p.m. 2:02 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