AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, mostly sunny, breezy, cool. High 52. Wind northwest 8-16 mph. Tonight, mostly clear. Low 36. Wind northwest 4-8 mph. Friday, partly to mostly sunny, a milder afternoon. High 60. Wind west to northwest 6-12 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, mostly sunny, breezy, cool. High 50-53. Wind northwest 10-18 mph. Tonight, mostly clear. Low 33-36. Wind northwest 4-8 mph. Friday, mostly sunny, a milder afternoon. High 57-60. Wind west to northwest 8-16 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, mostly sunny, a milder afternoon. High 52-55. Wind northwest 8-16 mph. Tonight, mostly clear. Low 32-35. Wind northwest 3-6 mph. Friday, partly sunny, a mild afternoon. High 57-60. Wind west to northwest 6-12 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, mostly sunny, a milder afternoon. High 47-53. Low 28-33. Wind northwest 7-14 mph. Friday, partly sunny, mild. High 53-58. Wind west 7-14 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, mostly sunny, windy, chilly. High 47-52. Low 35-40. Wind northwest 12-22 mph. Friday, mostly sunny, becoming milder. High 55-60. Wind 8-15 mph.

Virginia: Today, sunny, windy, cool. High 49-55. Low 35-40. Wind northwest 10-18 mph. Friday, sunny, a milder afternoon. High 57-62. Wind west to northwest 6-12 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, mostly sunny, breezy, cool. Wind west to northwest 8-16 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, mostly sunny, breezy, cool. Wind northwest 10-18 knots. Waves 1 foot on the lower Potomac and 1-2 feet on the Chesapeake Bay.

River Stages: The National Weather Service estimates the stage at Little Falls to be 3.7 feet this morning and predicts the stage to fall to 3.5 feet Friday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Sun

Rise: 7:08 a.m.

Set: 4:46 p.m.

Moon

Rise: 1:54 a.m.

Set: 2:16 p.m.

Mercury

Rise: 5:24 a.m.

Set: 3:48 p.m.

Venus

Rise: 3:27 a.m.

Set: 2:41 p.m.

Mars

Rise: 11:00 a.m.

Set: 8:48 p.m.

Jupiter

Rise: 2:32 p.m.

Set: 3:35 a.m.

Saturn

Rise: 3:20 p.m.

Set: 4:51 a.m.

Uranus

Rise: 11:23 a.m.

Set: 9:32 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.