AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, sunny. High 68. Wind northeast 5-10 mph. Tonight, mostly clear. Low 52. Wind southeast 5-10 mph. Wednesday, increasingly cloudy, mild, afternoon showers. High 70. Wind south to southwest 8-16 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, sunny. High 67-70. Wind northeast 5-10 mph. Tonight, mostly clear. Low 49-52. Wind southeast 5-10 mph. Wednesday, partly sunny, mild. afternoon showers. High 70-73. Wind south to southwest 8-16 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, foggy spots early, then sunny. Low 67-70. Wind east 5-10 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy. Low 47-50. Wind southeast 5-10 mph. Wednesday, variably cloudy, mild, showers. High 70-73. Wind southwest 8-16 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, foggy spots early, then sunny. High 67-72. Low 47-52. Wind southeast 5-10 mph. Wednesday, variably cloudy, showers, warm. High 67-72. Wind southwest 8-16 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, sunny. High 66-71. Low 48-53. Wind northeast 6-12 mph. Wednesday, increasingly cloudy, shower late. High 69-74. Wind south to southwest 8-16 mph. Surf 65-68.

Virginia: Today, sunny, cooler. High 70-75. Low 53-60. Wind northeast 6-12 mph. Wednesday, partly sunny, shower possible late. High 72-77. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Surf 68-71.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, foggy spots early, then sunny. Wind east to northeast 5-10 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, sunny, foggy spots early. Wind east to northeast 6-12 knots. Waves under 1 foot on the Potomac and 1 foot on the Bay.

River Stages: The National Weather Service estimates the stage at Little Falls to be near 4.4 feet this morning and predicts the stage to fall to 4.0 feet Wednesday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Sun

Rise: 7:14 a.m.

Set: 6:35 p.m.

Moon

Rise: 10:02 a.m.

Set: 8:44 p.m.

Mercury

Rise: 9:08 a.m.

Set: 7:21 p.m.

Venus

Rise: 3:35 a.m.

Set: 4:35 p.m.

Mars

Rise: 12:56 p.m.

Set: 10:05 p.m.

Jupiter

Rise: 7:09 p.m.

Set: 8:24 a.m.

Saturn

Rise: 7:52 p.m.

Set: 9:31 a.m.

Uranus

Rise: 3:46 p.m.

Set: 1:54 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