AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, partly sunny, breezy. High 76. Wind northwest 8-16 mph. Tonight, mostly clear. Low 50. Wind north 4-8 mph. Tuesday, mostly sunny, cooler. High 66. Wind northeast 6-12 mph. Wednesday, cloudy, shower late. High 64.

MARYLAND: Today, partly sunny, breezy. High 74-78. Wind northwest 8-16 mph. Tonight, mostly clear. Low 46-50. Wind north 4-8 mph. Tuesday, mostly sunny, cooler. High 64-68. Wind northeast 6-12 mph. Wednesday, cloudy, shower late. High 62-66.

VIRGINIA: Today, partly sunny, breezy. High 70-74. Wind northwest 8-16 mph. Tonight, mostly clear. Low 46-50. Wind north 4-8 mph. Tuesday, mostly sunny, cooler. High 62-66. Wind northeast 6-12 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, partly to mostly sunny, breezy at times. High 66-74. Low 35-46. Wind north to northwest at 8-16 mph. Tuesday, mostly sunny. High 58-66. Wind north at 6-12 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, cloudy and foggy early, then partly sunny. High 72-78. Winds northwest 8-16 mph. Tuesday, mostly sunny. High 64-70. Wind north at 6-12 mph. Surf 62-66.

Virginia: Today, cloudy, shower. High 74-80. Low 46-56. Wind northwest 8-16 mph. Tuesday, mostly sunny, cooler. High 66-72. Winds north 6-12 mph. Surf 66-70.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, partly sunny, breezy. Wind northwest 7-14 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, cloudy early, then partly sunny. Wind northwest 8-16 knots. Waves 2 feet on the lower Potomac, 2-3 feet on the bay.

River Stages: The National Weather Service estimates the stage at Little Falls to be near 3.8 feet this morning, increasing slightly to near 4.0 feet Tuesday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Rise Set

Sun 7:13 a.m. 6:36 p.m.

Moon 9:05 a.m. 8:10 p.m.

Mercury 9:05 a.m. 7:22 p.m.

Venus 3:35 a.m. 4:37 p.m.

Mars 12:57 p.m. 10:06 p.m.

Jupiter 7:13 p.m. 8:29 a.m.

Saturn 7:56 p.m. 9:35 a.m.

Uranus 3:50 p.m. 1:58 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