AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, mostly sunny, breezy, a bit cooler. High 64. Wind north 8-16 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, cool. Low 44. Wind northeast 4-8 mph. Thursday, mostly sunny, a mild afternoon. High 66. Wind southeast 6-12 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, mostly sunny, breezy, somewhat cooler. High 62-65. Wind north 10-18 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, cool. Low 41-44. Wind northeast 4-8 mph. Thursday, mostly sunny, becoming milder. High 65-68. Wind south to southeast 6-12 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, mostly sunny, breezy, somewhat cooler. High 60-63. Wind north 8-16 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, cool. Low 38-41. Wind northeast 3-6 mph. Thursday, mostly sunny, a milder afternoon. High 63-66. Wind southeast 6-12 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, mostly sunny, breezy, cooler. High 56-60. Low 32-36. Wind north 8-16 mph. Thursday, mostly sunny, a milder afternoon. High 60-64. Wind southeast 5-10 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, mostly sunny, breezy, cooler. High 62-67. Low 45-50. Wind north 8-16 mph. Thursday, mostly sunny. High 65-70. Wind south to southeast 5-10 mph. Surf 60-63.

Virginia: Today, mostly sunny, a bit cooler. High 67-72. Low 48-53. Wind north 6-12 mph. Thursday, mostly sunny. High 69-74. Wind south to southeast 6-12 mph. Surf 63-66.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, mostly sunny, breezy, cooler. Wind north to northeast 8-16 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, mostly sunny, breezy, cooler. Wind north 8-16 knots. Waves 1 foot 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 3.1 feet this morning and predicts the stage to hold near 3.1 feet Thursday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

Rise Set

Sun 7:29 a.m. 6:14 p.m.

Moon 8:50 p.m. 10:28 a.m.

Mercury 9:39 a.m. 7:10 p.m.

Venus 3:40 a.m. 4:18 p.m.

Mars 12:44 p.m. 9:55 p.m.

Jupiter 6:04 p.m. 7:15 a.m.

Saturn 6:50 p.m. 8:26 a.m.

Uranus 2:43 p.m. 12:50 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.