AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, mostly sunny, mild. High 74. Wind southeast at 5-10 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy. Low 60. Wind southeast at 7-14 mph. Sunday, rain. High again 74. Wind east-northeast at 7-14 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, partly to mostly sunny. High 68-74. Wind southeast at 5-10 mph. Tonight, increasingly cloudy. Low 54-61. Wind southeast at 5-10 mph. Sunday, cloudy, afternoon rain. High 66-74. Wind becoming northeast at 6-12 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, partly sunny, mild. High 66-74. Wind east-southeast at 7-14 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy, still mild. Low 55-68. Wind southeast at 8-16 mph. Sunday, cloudy, rainy afternoon. High 70-74. Wind southeast at 7-14 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, sunny, midler. High 68-72. Low 54-61. Wind east-southeast at 3-6 mph. Sunday, mostly cloudy, afternoon rain. High 66-73.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, sunny to partly cloudy. High 72-77. Wind southeast at 6-12 mph. Sunday, cloudy, afternoon rain. High 70-74. Wind east to northeast at 6-12 mph. Surf 65-68.

Virginia: Today, partly sunny, mild. High 65-78. Wind east-southeast at 7-14 mph. Sunday, cloudy, afternoon rain. High 75-79. Wind southeast at 12-24 mph. Surf 67-70.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, mostly sunny, mild. Wind southeast at 5-10 knots. Sunday, rain. Wind northeast at 5-10 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, partly sunny, excellent visibility. Wind southeast at 5-10 knots. Waves under a foot on the Potomac and the Chesapeake Bay.

River Stages: The National Weather Service estimates the stage at Little Falls to be 3.7 feet this morning and predicts the stage to fall slightly to near 3.6 feet Sunday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Sun

Rise: 7:18 a.m.

Set: 6:29 p.m.

Moon

Rise: 1:35 p.m.

Set: 11:33 p.m.

Mercury

Rise: 9:20 a.m.

Set: 7:19 p.m.

Venus

Rise: 3:35 a.m.

Set: 4:31 p.m.

Mars

Rise: 12:53 p.m.

Set: 10:02 p.m.

Jupiter

Rise: 6:52 p.m.

Set: 8:06 a.m.

Saturn

Rise: 7:35 p.m.

Set: 9:14 a.m.

Uranus

Rise: 3:30 p.m.

Set: 1:38 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