AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, mostly sunny, a milder afternoon, breezy. High 65. Wind west to southwest 10-20 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy, breezy. Low 46. Wind west 8-16 mph. Saturday, partly sunny, breezy. High 68. Wind west to northwest 10-20 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, mostly sunny, becoming warmer, breezy. High 64-67. Wind west to southwest 10-20 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy, breezy. Low 43-46. Wind west 8-16 mph. Saturday, partly sunny, breezy. High 67-70. Wind west to northwest 10-20 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, sunny, a much warmer afternoon, breezy. High 64-67. Wind west to southwest 10-20 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy, breezy. Low 42-45. Wind west 8-16 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny, breezy. High 67-70. Wind west to northwest 10-20 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, mostly sunny, warmer, breezy. High 60-65. Low 37-42. Wind southwest 10-20 mph. Saturday, partly sunny, breezy, cooler. High 55-60. Wind northwest 10-20 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, sunny, breezy, becoming warmer. High 65-70. Low 44-49. Wind southwest 12-22 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny, breezy, mild. High 65-70. Wind west 12-22 mph.

Virginia: Today, sunny, a warmer afternoon, breezy. High 67-72. Low 45-50. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Saturday, sunny, breezy, warm. High 69-74. Wind west to southwest 8-16 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, mostly sunny, breezy, milder. Wind west to southwest 10-20 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, mostly sunny, breezy, milder. Wind west to southwest 10-20 knots. Waves 1-2 feet on the lower Potomac and 2 feet on the Bay.

River Stages: The National Weather Service estimates the stage at Little Falls to be 3.5 feet this morning and predicts the stage to fall to 3.4 feet Saturday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Rise Set

Sun 6:39 a.m. 5:04 p.m.

Moon 4:00 a.m. 4:12 p.m.

Mercury 8:22 a.m. 5:50 p.m.

Venus 2:48 a.m. 3:08 p.m.

Mars 11:35 a.m. 8:51 p.m.

Jupiter 4:26 p.m. 5:34 a.m.

Saturn 5:12 p.m. 6:47 a.m.

Uranus 1:07 p.m. 11:15 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.