AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, partly sunny, breezy, milder. High 66. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy, breezy, shower late. Low 48. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Saturday, windy, cooler, variably cloudy, shower or two. High 58. Wind west 15-30 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, sunny to partly cloudy, breezy, milder. Highs 64-67. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy, breezy, shower late. Lows 47-50. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Saturday, windy, cooler, variably cloudy, showers. Highs 57-60. Wind west 15-30 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, increasingly cloudy, breezy, milder. Highs 63-66. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy, breezy, shower. Lows 45-48. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Saturday, variably cloudy, windy, cooler, showers. Highs 55-58. Wind west 15-30 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, increasingly cloudy, shower late. Highs 55-60. Lows 33-38. Wind southwest 10-20 mph. Saturday, windy, colder, rain and snow showers. Highs 38-43. Wind northwest 15-30 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, sunny to partly cloudy, breezy, mild. Highs 67-72. Lows 47-52. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Saturday, variably cloudy, windy, cooler, shower. Highs 57-62. Wind west 15-30 mph.

Virginia: Today, mostly sunny, breezy, mild. Highs 70-75. Lows 50-55. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Saturday, partly sunny, windy, cooler, passing shower. Highs 60-65. Wind west 15-30 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, increasingly cloudy, breezy, mild. Wind southwest increasing to 8-16 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, partly sunny, breezy, mild. Wind southwest 8-16 knots. Waves 1 foot on the lower Potomac and 1-2 feet on the Chesapeake 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 fall to 3.3 feet Saturday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Sun

Rise: 7:24 a.m.

Set: 6:21 p.m.

Moon

Rise: 5:28 p.m.

Set: 4:33 a.m.

Mercury

Rise: 9:34 a.m.

Set: 7:15 p.m.

Venus

Rise: 3:37 a.m.

Set: 4:24 p.m.

Mars

Rise: 12:49 p.m.

Set: 9:58 p.m.

Jupiter

Rise: 6:26 p.m.

Set: 7:38 a.m.

Saturn

Rise: 7:11 p.m.

Set: 8:48 a.m.

Uranus

Rise: 3:06 p.m.

Set: 1:14 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