AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, foggy early, variably cloudy, mild, shower late. High 70. Wind southeast 5-10 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy, mild, showers, patchy fog. Low 52. Wind south 6-12 mph. Thursday, variably cloudy, showers early. High 60. Wind north 6-12 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, foggy spots early, variably cloudy, mild, shower late. High 69-72. Wind southeast 5-10 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy, showers, mild, foggy areas. Low 49-52. Wind south 6-12 mph. Thursday, cloudy, showers possible. High 60-63. Wind north 6-12 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, foggy spots early, mostly cloudy, mild, showers late. High 69-72. Wind south 5-10 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy, showers, mild, foggy spots. Low 47-50. Wind south 6-12 mph. Thursday, cloudy, showers possible. High 57-60. Wind north 6-12 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, variably cloudy, mild, showers. High 62-66. Low 40-44. Wind south 8-16 mph. Thursday, cloudy to partly sunny, cooler, shower. High 50-54. Wind northeast 6-12 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, mostly cloudy, foggy spots early, mild, showers tonight. High 67-72. Low 50-55. Wind southeast 5-10 mph. Thursday, mostly cloudy, showers. High 58-63. Wind north 6-12 mph.

Virginia: Today, foggy spots early, cloudy to partly sunny, showers tonight. High 70-75. Low 54-59. Wind south 6-12 mph. Thursday, cloudy, showers. High 65-70. Wind northeast 6-12 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, fog early, mostly cloudy, mild, afternoon showers. Wind southeast 5-10 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, foggy areas early, variably cloudy, shower late. Wind southeast 5-10 knots. Waters will be nearly smooth.

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 Thursday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Rise Set

Sun 7:00 a.m. 4:49 p.m.

Moon 6:29 p.m. 8:16 a.m.

Mercury 5:35 a.m. 4:07 p.m.

Venus 3:14 a.m. 2:48 p.m.

Mars 11:12 a.m. 8:48 p.m.

Jupiter 3:05 p.m. 4:09 a.m.

Saturn 3:53 p.m. 5:25 a.m.

Uranus 11:54 a.m. 10:03 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.