AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, cloudy, windy, heavy rain, thunderstorm. High 68. Wind south 15-25 mph. Tonight, windy, rain, possible flooding. Low 48. Wind west 15-30 mph. Wednesday, becoming partly sunny, windy, colder. High 54. Wind west 15-30 mph.

MARYLAND: Cloudy, windy, rain, thunderstorm. High 67-70. Wind south 15-25 mph. Tonight, windy, heavy rain, flooding, thunderstorm. Low 47-50. Wind southwest 15-30 mph. Wednesday, becoming partly sunny, windy, colder. High 52-55. Wind west 15-30 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, cloudy, windy, heavy rain, thunderstorm, possible flooding. High 65-68. Wind south 15-30 mph. Tonight, windy, rain early, colder late. Low 44-47. Wind west 15-30 mph. Wednesday, partly sunny, windy, colder, shower. High 49-52. Wind west 15-30 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, cloudy, heavy rain, thunderstorm, windy, colder. High 54-58. Low 26-30. Wind northwest 15-30 mph. Wednesday, windy, snow showers. High 28-32. Wind northwest 15-30 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, cloudy, windy, rain, thunderstorm. High 68-73. Low 52-57. Wind south 15-30 mph. Wednesday, windy, turning colder, becoming partly sunny. High 54-59. Wind west 15-30 mph.

Virginia: Today, cloudy, windy, showers, thunderstorms. High 70-80. Low 56-61. Wind south 15-30 mph. Wednesday, windy, colder, becoming partly sunny. High 57-62. Wind west 15-30 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, cloudy, windy, rain, thunderstorm. Wind south 15-25 knots, gusts over 30 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, cloudy, rain, windy, thunderstorm. Wind south 15-30 knots. Waves building to 2 feet on the lower Potomac and 2-4 feet on the bay.

River Stages: The National Weather Service estimates the stage at Little Falls to be 3.0 feet this morning and to hold near 3.0 feet for Wednesday morning as well. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

RiseSet

RiseSet

Sun 6:36 a.m. 5:07 p.m.

Moon 12:56 a.m. 2:40 p.m.

Mercury 8:34 a.m. 5:59 p.m.

Venus 2:45 a.m. 3:12 p.m.

Mars 11:38 a.m. 8:53 p.m.

Jupiter 4:39 p.m. 5:48 a.m.

Saturn 5:25 p.m. 7:00 a.m.

Uranus 1:19 p.m. 11:27 p.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.