AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, mostly sunny, windy, warm. High 76. Wind west 15-25 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy, breezy, mild, shower possible late. Low 52. Wind northwest 10-20 mph. Thursday, windy, cooler, variably cloudy, shower. High 62. Wind north 15-25 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, mostly sunny, windy, warm. High 71-79. Wind west 15-25 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy, breezy, mild, shower late. Low 45-55. Wind northwest 10-20 mph. Thursday, windy, sharply cooler, mostly cloudy, shower. High 60-63. Wind north 15-25 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, mostly sunny, windy, warm. High 65-80. Wind west 15-30 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy, breezy, mild, shower late. Low 39-56. Wind northwest 10-20 mph. Thursday, windy, much cooler, variably cloudy, shower. High 59-62. Wind north 15-25 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, increasingly cloudy, windy, warm. High 65/79. Low 39-50. Wind west 15-30 mph. Thursday, variably cloudy, windy, sharply colder. High 50-54. Wind north 15-25 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, mostly sunny, windy, warmer. High 73-78. Low 50-55. Wind west to southwest 15-25 mph. Thursday, variably cloudy, windy, cooler, shower. High 55-60. Wind north 15-25 mph.

Virginia: Today, sunny, breezy, warm. High 75-80. Low 55-62. Wind southwest 10-20 mph. Thursday, mostly cloudy, windy, turning cooler, shower. High 57-62. Wind north 12-25 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, mostly sunny, windy, warmer. Wind west to southwest 12-25 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, mostly sunny, windy, warmer. Wind west to southwest 15-25 knots. Waves 1-2 feet on the lower Potomac, 2-3 feet on the bay.

River Stages: The National Weather Service estimates the stage at Little Falls to be 3.3 feet this morning and predicts the stage to hold near 3.3 feet Thursday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Rise Set

Sun 6:44 a.m. 4:59 p.m.

Moon 8:47 a.m. 6:57 p.m.

Mercury 7:47 a.m. 5:27 p.m.

Venus 2:54 a.m. 3:03 p.m.

Mars 11:30 a.m. 8:50 p.m.

Jupiter 4:05 p.m. 5:11 a.m.

Saturn 4:51 p.m. 6:26 a.m.

Uranus 12:48 p.m. 10:56 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.