AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, mostly cloudy, mild, breezy, showers. High 64. Wind south 10-20 mph. Tonight, cloudy, heavy rain, thunder, patchy fog. Low 52. Wind south 10-20 mph. Saturday, partly sunny, breezy, mild. High 62. Wind west 10-20 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, variably cloudy, warm, breezy, a shower. High 65-70. Wind south 12-22 mph. Tonight, cloudy, heavy rain, thunderstorm. Low 50-55. Wind south 10-20 mph. Saturday, partly sunny, breezy, mild. High 60-65. Wind west 10-20 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, mostly cloudy, mild, breezy, showers. High 63-68. Wind south 8-16 mph. Tonight, cloudy, heavy rain, thunder. Low 47-52. Wind south 10-20 mph. Saturday, partly sunny, breezy, mild. High 60-65. Wind west 10-20 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, heavy rain, thunder, foggy spots. High 55-60. Low 37-42. Wind south 8-16 mph. Saturday, partly sunny, breezy, cooler. High 50-55. Wind west 8-16 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, variably cloudy, windy, a shower, rain tonight. High 70-75. Low 51-56. Wind south 12-22 mph. Saturday, becoming partly sunny. High 67-72. Wind west 10-20 mph.

Virginia: Today, partly sunny, breezy, warm, shower, rain tonight. High 70-75. Low 54-59. Wind south 10-20 mph. Saturday, becoming partly sunny. High 70-75. Wind west 10-20 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, mostly cloudy, showers, mild. Wind south to southeast 8-16 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, variably cloudy, warm, a shower or two. Wind south 10-20 knots. Waves 1-2 feet on the lower Potomac and 2 feet 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 rise to 3.3 feet Saturday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Sun

Rise: 7:02 a.m.

Set: 4:48 p.m.

Moon

Rise: 8:34 p.m.

Set: 10:26 a.m.

Mercury

Rise: 5:28 a.m.

Set: 4:00 p.m.

Venus

Rise: 3:17 a.m.

Set: 2:47 p.m.

Mars

Rise: 11:09 a.m.

Set: 8:48 p.m.

Jupiter

Rise: 2:57 p.m.

Set: 4:00 a.m.

Saturn

Rise: 3:45 p.m.

Set: 5:17 a.m.

Uranus

Rise: 11:46 a.m.

Set: 9:55 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.