AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, sunny, patchy fog early, a warmer afternoon. High 74. Wind southwest 6-12 mph. Tonight, mostly clear. Low 52. Wind variable 3-6 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny, patchy fog early. High 70. Wind south to southeast 5-10 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, sunny, patchy fog early, a warmer afternoon. Highs 71-74. Wind south to southwest 6-12 mph. Tonight, mostly clear. Lows 47-50. Wind variable 3-6 mph. Saturday, patchy fog to start, mostly sunny. Highs 68-71. Wind southeast 6-12 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, sunny, patchy fog early, a warmer afternoon. Highs 72-75. Wind south to southwest 5-10 mph. Tonight, mostly clear. Lows 44-47. Wind variable 3-6 mph. Saturday, patchy fog early, mostly sunny. Highs 69-72. Wind south to southeast 6-12 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, patchy fog early, mostly sunny, warmer. Highs 70-74. Lows 40-44. Wind southwest 5-10 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny, warm. Highs 70-74. Wind southwest 6-12 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, sunny, milder. Highs 70-75. Lows 48-53. Wind south to southwest 6-12 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny, a bit cooler. Highs 65-70. Wind southeast 6-12 mph. Surf 60-63.

Virginia: Today, sunny, milder. Highs 70-75. Lows 50-55. Wind south to southwest 6-12 mph. Saturday, sunny, slightly cooler. Highs 67-72. Wind southeast 6-12 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, sunny, tranquil, warmer. Wind south to southwest averaging 4-8 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, sunny, warmer. Wind south to southwest 5-10 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 Saturday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

RiseSet

Sun

Rise: 7:31 a.m.

Set: 6:12 p.m.

Moon

Rise: 10:44 p.m.

Set: 12:40 p.m.

Mercury

Rise: 9:39 a.m.

Set: 7:07 p.m.

Venus

Rise: 3:42 a.m.

Set: 4:16 p.m.

Mars

Rise: 12:42 p.m.

Set: 9:54 p.m.

Jupiter

Rise: 5:56 p.m.

Set: 7:06 a.m.

Saturn

Rise: 6:41 p.m.

Set: 8:18 a.m.

Uranus

Rise: 2:35 p.m.

Set: 12:43 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.