AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, becoming mostly sunny, milder. High 62. Wind northeast 5-10 mph. Tonight, mostly clear. Low 46. Wind variable under 5 mph. Friday, increasingly cloudy, mild, shower possible late. High 66. Wind south to southwest 8-16 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, partly to mostly sunny, milder. High 60-63. Wind northeast 5-10 mph. Tonight, mostly clear. Low 43-46. Wind variable under 5 mph. Friday, increasingly cloudy, mild, shower at night. High 65-68. Wind south to southwest 8-16 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, foggy spots early, mostly sunny, milder. High 60-63. Wind northeast 4-8 mph. Tonight, mostly clear. Low 42-45. Wind variable under 4 mph. Friday, becoming mostly cloudy, shower in the afternoon. High 63-66. Wind southwest 8-16 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, mostly sunny, milder. High 58-63. Low 36-40. Friday, becoming mostly cloudy, thundershowers in the afternoon. High 58-63. Wind southwest 10-20 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, becoming mostly sunny, milder. High 60-65. Low 43-48. Wind northeast 6-12 mph. Friday, increasingly cloudy, shower at night. High 65-70. Wind southwest 8-16 mph.

Virginia: Today, becoming partly to mostly sunny, mild. High 63-68. Low 47-52. Wind northeast 6-12 mph. Friday, partly sunny, mild, shower at night. High 68-73. Wind southwest 8-16 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, foggy spots to start, mostly sunny, milder. Wind northeast 5-10 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, foggy spots early, mostly sunny, milder. Wind northeast 6-12 knots. Waves 1 foot or less on the lower Potomac and 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 hold near 3.5 feet Friday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

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

Moon 4:54 p.m. 3:27 a.m.

Mercury 9:32 a.m. 7:15 p.m.

Venus 3:36 a.m. 4:25 p.m.

Mars 12:49 p.m. 9:58 p.m.

Jupiter 6:30 p.m. 7:43 a.m.

Saturn 7:15 p.m. 8:52 a.m.

Uranus 3:10 p.m. 1:18 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