AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, variably cloudy, foggy spots early, shower. High 58. Wind northeast 5-10 mph. Tonight, cloudy, showers, mild, fog. Low 48. Wind east 5-10 mph. Friday, cloudy, showers, mild, foggy. High 60. Wind southeast 6-12 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, mostly cloudy, foggy spots to start, shower. High 58-61. Wind east 5-10 mph. Tonight, cloudy, showers, mild, foggy spots. Low 48-51. Wind east 5-10 mph. Friday, cloudy, showers, mild. High 61-64. Wind southeast 6-12 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, cloudy, foggy spots, shower. High 57-60. Wind northeast 5-10 mph. Tonight, cloudy, showers, mild, foggy locations. Low 47-50. Wind east 5-10 mph. Friday, cloudy, showers, mild, foggy spots. High 60-63. Wind southeast 6-12 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, cloudy, rain, drizzle, fog. High 48-52. Low 38-42. Wind north 5-10 mph. Friday, rain in the morning, then mostly cloudy. High 50-54. Wind northwest 6-12 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, mostly cloudy, shower, mild, patchy fog. High 60-65. Low 50-55. Wind east 5-10 mph. Friday, mostly cloudy, showers, mild, foggy areas. High 62-67. Wind southeast 6-12 mph.

Virginia: Today, variably cloudy, shower, patchy fog early, mild. High 65-70. Low 55-60. Wind southeast 5-10 mph. Friday, mostly cloudy, showers, mild. High 65-70. Wind south 6-12 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, mostly cloudy, foggy periods, showers. Wind east to northeast 4-8 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, foggy areas early, variably cloudy, shower or two. Wind east 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 Friday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Sun

Rise: 7:01 a.m.

Set: 4:48 p.m.

Moon

Rise: 7:29 p.m.

Set: 9:25 a.m.

Mercury

Rise: 5:31 a.m.

Set: 4:03 p.m.

Venus

Rise: 3:16 a.m.

Set: 2:48 p.m.

Mars

Rise: 11:11 a.m.

Set: 8:48 p.m.

Jupiter

Rise: 3:01 p.m.

Set: 4:05 a.m.

Saturn

Rise: 3:49 p.m.

Set: 5:21 a.m.

Uranus

Rise: 11:50 a.m.

Set: 9:59 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.