AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, partly sunny, cool. High 56. Wind northeast 6-12 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy, milder than last night. Low 44. Wind east 4-8 mph. Saturday, partly sunny, a milder afternoon. High 64. Wind west to northwest 8-16 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, partly sunny, cool. High 55-58. Wind northeast 6-12 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy, not as cold as last night. Low 40-43. Wind east 4-8 mph. Saturday, partly sunny, becoming milder. High 63-66. Wind west to northwest 8-16 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, partly sunny, cool. High 56-59. Wind northeast 5-10 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy, milder than last night. Low 40-43. Wind east 4-8 mph. Saturday, partly sunny, a milder afternoon. High 64-67. Wind west to northwest 8-16 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, partly sunny. High 54-58. Low 38-42. Wind east 6-12 mph. Saturday, partly sunny, breezy, milder. High 60-64. Wind southwest 8-16 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, partly sunny, cool. High 53-58. Low 41-46. Wind northeast 6-12 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny, becoming milder. High 60-65. Wind west 8-16 mph.

Virginia: Today, becoming partly sunny, cool. High 57-63. Low 43-50. Wind northeast 6-12 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny, a milder afternoon. High 63-68. Wind southwest 8-16 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, partly sunny, cool. Wind east to northeast increasing to 6-12 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, partly sunny. Wind northeast 6-12 knots. Waves under 1 foot on the lower Potomac and 1 foot or so 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 3.2 feet Saturday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Sun

Rise: 6:47 a.m.

Set: 4:57 p.m.

Moon

Rise: 10:31 a.m.

Set: 8:27 p.m.

Mercury

Rise: 7:28 a.m.

Set: 5:15 p.m.

Venus

Rise: 2:57 a.m.

Set: 3:01 p.m.

Mars

Rise: 11:27 a.m.

Set: 8:50 p.m.

Jupiter

Rise: 3:56 p.m.

Set: 5:02 a.m.

Saturn

Rise: 4:43 p.m.

Set: 6:17 a.m.

Uranus

Rise: 12:40 p.m.

Set: 10:48 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.