AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, mostly sunny, a milder afternoon. High 56. Wind southwest 5-10 mph. Tonight, mostly clear. Low 40. Wind variable under 5 mph. Friday, mostly sunny, a mild afternoon. High 64. Wind south to southeast 6-12 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, mostly sunny, becoming milder. High 54-57. Wind southwest 6-12 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, Low 37-40. Wind south 3-5 mph. Friday, mostly sunny, a mild afternoon. High 63-66. Wind south to southeast 6-12 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, mostly sunny, a noticeably milder afternoon. High 55-58. Wind southwest 6-12 mph. Tonight, mostly clear. Low 35-38. Wind south under 5 mph. Friday, mostly sunny, a mild afternoon. High 63-66. Wind south to southeast 5-10 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, mostly sunny, a milder afternoon. High 55-60. Low 30-35. Wind southwest 6-12 mph. Friday, mostly sunny, mild. High 60-65. Wind southwest 6-12 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, mostly sunny, a milder afternoon. High 55-60. Low 38-43. Wind southwest 7-14 mph. Friday, mostly sunny, mild. High 60-65. Wind south to southeast 6-12 mph.

Virginia: Today, mostly sunny, a milder afternoon. High 58-63. Low 43-48. Wind west 6-12 mph. Friday, mostly sunny, a mild afternoon. High 61-66. Wind south 5-10 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, mostly sunny, a noticeably milder afternoon. Wind southwest 5-10 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, mostly sunny, becoming milder. Wind southwest 6-12 knots. Waters nearly smooth on the lower Potomac, waves 1 foot on the bay.

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

PLANET WATCH

Rise Set

Sun 6:53 a.m. 4:52 p.m.

Moon 2:24 p.m. 1:14 a.m.

Mercury 6:21 a.m. 4:37 p p.m.

Venus 3:05 a.m. 2:55 p.m.

Mars 11:20 a.m. 8:49 p.m.

Jupiter 3:31 p.m. 4:35 a.m.

Saturn 4:18 p.m. 5:51 a.m.

Uranus 12:17 p.m. 10:25 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.