AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, mostly sunny, a mild afternoon. High 60. Wind southwest 6-12 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy, mild. Low 42. Wind southwest 3-6 mph. Saturday, partly sunny, a very mild afternoon. High 64. Wind southwest 6-12 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, mostly sunny, a milder afternoon. High 57-60. Wind southwest 6-12 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, mild. Low 39-42. Wind southwest 3-6 mph. Saturday, partly sunny, a very mild afternoon. High 62-65. Wind southwest 6-12 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, partly sunny, a milder afternoon. High 59-62. Wind southwest 6-12 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy, mild. Low 39-42. Wind southwest 3-6 mph. Saturday, variably cloudy, a very mild afternoon. High 62-65. Wind southwest 6-12 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, partly sunny, a mild afternoon. High 57-62. Low 37-42. Wind southwest 6-12 mph. Saturday, variably cloudy, mild. High 57-62. Wind southwest 6-12 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, mostly sunny, becoming milder. High 55-60. Low 39-44. Wind southwest 6-12 mph. Saturday, partly sunny, a mild afternoon. High 57-62. Wind southwest 6-12 mph.

Virginia: Today, mostly sunny, a milder afternoon. High 60-67. Low 42-47. Wind west 5-10 mph. Saturday, partly sunny, mild. High 65-70. Wind southwest 6-12 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, partly sunny, a mild afternoon. Wind west to southwest 6-12 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, partly sunny, a mild afternoon. Wind southwest 6-12 knots. Waters nearly smooth on the lower Potomac and 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 3.6 feet Saturday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Sun

Rise: 7:09 a.m.

Set: 4:46 p.m.

Moon

Rise: 2:53 a.m.

Set: 2:45 p.m.

Mercury

Rise: 5:25 a.m.

Set: 3:47 p.m.

Venus

Rise: 3:29 a.m.

Set: 2:40 p.m.

Mars

Rise: 10:59 a.m.

Set: 8:48 p.m.

Jupiter

Rise: 2:28 p.m.

Set: 3:30 a.m.

Saturn

Rise: 3:16 p.m.

Set: 4:47 a.m.

Uranus

Rise: 11:19 a.m.

Set: 9:29 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.