AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, sunny, not much wind. High 62. Wind variable 4-8 mph. Tonight, clear, tranquil. Low 46. Wind variable 2-4 mph. Friday, mostly sunny, patchy fog early, a milder afternoon. High 68. Wind south to southwest 6-12 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, sunny, tranquil. High 60-63. Wind variable 4-8 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, little wind. Low 40-43. Wind variable 2-4 mph. Friday, mostly sunny, patchy fog early, milder later. High 65-68. Wind south to southwest 6-12 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, sunny, tranquil. High 62-65. Wind southeast 4-8 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, moonlit late. Low 40-43. Wind southeast 2-4 mph. Friday, mostly sunny, patchy fog early, a milder afternoon. High 65-68. Wind south 6-12 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, mostly sunny, a milder afternoon. High 66-70. Low 40-44. Wind south 4-8 mph. Friday, mostly sunny, another mild afternoon. High 68-72. Wind southwest 5-10 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, sunny, cool. High 60-65. Low 43-48. Wind east to northeast 6-12 mph. Friday, mostly sunny, milder. High 65-70. Wind south to southwest 6-12 mph. Surf 60-63.

Virginia: Today, sunny, tranquil. High 63-68. Low 47-52. Wind east to northeast 6-12 mph. Friday, sunny, milder. High 65-70. Wind south to southwest 6-12 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, sunny, tranquil. Wind east to southeast increasing to 5-10 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, mostly sunny, tranquil. Wind east to southeast 4-8 knots. Waters nearly smooth on the lower Potomac and the Chesapeake 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 Friday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

Rise Set

Sun 7:30 a.m. 6:13 p.m.

Moon 9:44 p.m. 11:37 a.m.

Mercury 9:40 a.m. 7:08 p.m.

Venus 3:41 a.m. 4:17 p.m.

Mars 12:43 p.m. 9:55 p.m.

Jupiter 6:00 p.m. 7:11 a.m.

Saturn 6:46 p.m. 8:22 a.m.

Uranus 2:39 p.m. 12:47 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.