AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, mostly cloudy, windy. High 62. Wind northwest 20-35 mph. Tonight, clear, breezy, cooler. Low 40. Wind northwest 10-20 mph. Tuesday, increasingly cloudy. High 58. Wind west 7-14 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, mostly cloudy, windy. High 60-64. Wind northwest 20-35 mph. Tonight, clearing, breezy, cooler. Low 38-42. Wind northwest 10-20 mph. Tuesday, increasingly cloudy. High 56-60. Wind west 7-14 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, partly sunny, breezy. High 62-66. Wind northwest 10-20 mph. Tonight, clear, cooler. Low 40-44. Wind northwest 8-16 mph. Tuesday, increasingly cloudy. High 58-62. Wind west 6-12 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, partly sunny, breezy, cooler. High 52-56. Wind northwest 10-20 mph. Tonight, clear, cold. Low 30-34. Tuesday, mostly sunny, cool. High 50-54.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, mostly cloudy, windy, rain ending. Visibility reduced to a mile in rain, then becoming unrestricted. Waves 2-4 feet.

Virginia: Today, partly sunny, breezy. High 66-70. Wind northwest 10-20 mph. Tonight, clear, cool. Low 44-48. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Surf temperature 62-66.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, mostly cloudy, breezy, showers ending. Wind northwest 20-35 mph.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, mostly cloudy, windy, rain ending. Visibility reduced to a mile in rain, then becoming unrestricted. Waves 2-4 feet.

River Stages: The National Weather Service estimates the stage at Little Falls to be 3.6 feet this morning and predicts the stage to remain at 3.6 feet Tuesday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Rise Set

Sun 7:20 a.m. 6:26 p.m.

Moon 3:04 p.m. 12:27 a.m.

Mercury 9:25 a.m. 7:18 p.m.

Venus 3:35 a.m. 4:28 p.m.

Mars 12:52 p.m. 10:00 p.m.

Jupiter 6:43 p.m. 7:57 a.m.

Saturn 7:27 p.m. 9:05 a.m.

Uranus 3:22 p.m. 1:30 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