AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, increasingly cloudy, cool. High 58. Wind east 6-12 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy, shower possible late. Low 44. Wind southeast 5-10 mph. Wednesday, cloudy, cool, rain possible. High 56. Wind southeast 6-12 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, sunny early, then becoming mostly cloudy. High 56-60. Wind east 6-12 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy. Low 42-46. Wind southeast 5-10 mph. Wednesday, cloudy, cool, rain possible, drizzle possible. High 54-57. Wind southeast 7-14 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, becoming mostly cloudy. High 55-58. Wind southeast 6-12 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy, showers possible late. Low 42-45. Wind southeast 5-10 mph. Wednesday, cloudy, cool, periods of rain. High 52-55. Wind southeast 6-12 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, becoming mostly cloudy, shower late. High 52-56. Low 40-44. Wind southeast 6-12 mph. Wednesday, mostly cloudy, rain possible. High 48-52. Wind southeast 6-12 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, partly to mostly sunny, cool. High 55-60. Low 42-47. Wind southeast 7-14 mph. Wednesday, mostly cloudy, rain possible. High 55-60. Wind southeast 7-14 mph.

Virginia: Today, partly sunny, cool. High 59-66. Low 45-52. Wind east to northeast 7-14 mph. Wednesday, variably cloudy, showers possible. High 61-66. Wind southeast 7-14 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, sunny early, then becoming mostly cloudy. Wind east to southeast 6-12 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, increasingly cloudy. Wind east to southeast 6-12 knots. Waves 1 foot or less on the lower Potomac and 1-2 feet on the bay.

River Stages: The National Weather Service estimates the stage at Little Falls to be 3.5 feet this morning and predicts the stage to fall to 3.4 feet Wednesday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

Rise Set

Sun 7:21 a.m. 6:25 p.m.

Moon 3:43 p.m. 1:24 a.m.

Mercury 9:27 a.m. 7:17 p.m.

Venus 3:36 a.m. 4:27 p.m.

Mars 12:51 p.m. 10:00 p.m.

Jupiter 6:39 p.m. 7:52 a.m.

Saturn 7:23 p.m. 9:01 a.m.

Uranus 3:18 p.m. 1:26 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