AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, sunny, tranquil, cool. High 65. Wind east to southeast 6-12 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, cool. Low 48. Wind variable under 6 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny, a warmer afternoon. High 74. Wind south to southwest 6-12 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, sunny, frosty early in some areas. Highs 64-67. Wind east to southeast 6-12 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, cool. Lows 44-47. Wind variable under 6 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny, becoming warmer. Highs 71-74. Wind south 6-12 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, sunny, bright, frosty locations early. Highs 64-67. Wind east to southeast 6-12 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, cool. Lows 43-46. Wind variable under 6 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny, warmer. Highs 72-75. Wind south 6-12 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, sunny, a milder afternoon. Highs 60-65. Lows 43-48. Wind south 6-12 mph. Saturday, partly sunny, breezy, warmer. Highs 67-72. Wind southwest 8-14 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, sunny, tranquil. Highs 63-68. Lows 47-52. Wind east to southeast 6-12 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny, becoming warmer. Highs 68-73. Wind south 6-12 mph. Surf 65-68.

Virginia: Today, sunny, bright, tranquil. Highs 65-70. Lows 53-58. Wind east to northeast 5-10 mph. Saturday, sunny, a warmer afternoon. Highs 70-75. Wind southeast 6-12 mph. Surf 67-70.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, sunny, bright, tranquil. Wind east to southeast increasing to 5-10 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, sunny, bright, excellent visibility. Wind east to southeast 5-10 knots. Waves under 1 foot on the Potomac and the Chesapeake Bay.

River Stages: The National Weather Service estimates the stage at Little Falls to be 3.9 feet this morning and predicts the stage to hold near 3.9 feet Saturday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Sun

Rise: 7:17 a.m.

Set: 6:30 p.m.

Moon

Rise: 12:46 p.m.

Set: 10:45 p.m.

Mercury

Rise: 9:17 a.m.

Set: 7:20 p.m.

Venus

Rise: 3:35 a.m.

Set: 4:32 p.m.

Mars

Rise: 12:54 p.m.

Set: 10:03 p.m.

Jupiter

Rise: 6:56 p.m.

Set: 8:10 a.m.

Saturn

Rise: 7:39 p.m.

Set: 9:18 a.m.

Uranus

Rise: 3:34 p.m.

Set: 1:42 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