AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, cloudy, damp, rain, drizzle. High 58. Wind southeast 6-12 mph. Tonight, becoming partly cloudy, patchy fog possible late. Low 48. Wind west 5-10 mph. Thursday, partly sunny, breezy. High 58. Wind west 8-16 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, cloudy, damp, rain, drizzle. Highs 57-60. Wind southeast 7-14 mph. Tonight, becoming partly cloudy late, patchy fog. Lows 46-49. Wind west 5-10 mph. Thursday, partly sunny, breezy. Highs 57-60. Wind west 8-16 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, cloudy, damp, rain, drizzle. Highs 55-58. Wind southeast 6-12 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy, areas of fog. Lows 44-47. Wind northwest 5-10 mph. Thursday, partly sunny, breezy. Highs 55-58. Wind northwest 8-16 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, rain early, then variably cloudy. High 53-58. Low 34-39. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Thursday, partly sunny. High 55-60. Wind west 6-12 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, cloudy, rain, drizzle, cool. Highs 57-62. Lows 48-53. Wind southeast 8-16 mph. Thursday, partly sunny, breezy. Highs 59-64. Wind northwest 10-18 mph. Surf 63-66.

Virginia: Today, mostly cloudy, mild, showers, drizzle. Highs 62-70. Lows 53-58. Wind southeast 7-14 mph. Thursday, becoming partly sunny, breezy. Highs 65-70. Wind northwest 8-16 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, cloudy, damp, rain, drizzle. Wind south to southeast 6-12 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, cloudy, damp, rain, drizzle. Wind south to southeast 7-14 knots. Waters smooth on the lower Potomac, waves 1 foot on the bay.

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

PLANET WATCH

Rise Set

Sun 7:22 a.m. 6:23 p.m.

Moon 4:19 p.m. 2:24 a.m.

Mercury 9:30 a.m. 7:16 p.p.m.

Venus 3:36 a.m. 4:26 p.m.

Mars 12:50 p.m. 9:59 p.m.

Jupiter 6:34 p.m. 7:47 a.m.

Saturn 7:19 p.m. 8:56 a.m.

Uranus 3:14 p.m. 1:22 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