AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, sunny, a milder afternoon. High 56. Wind northwest 5-10 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, patchy fog late. Low 39. Wind variable 3-5 mph. Thursday, mostly sunny, patchy fog early, a mild afternoon. High 60. Wind south 4-8 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, sunny, becoming milder. High 55-58. Wind northwest 5-10 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, foggy spots late. Low 36-39. Wind variable 3-5 mph. Thursday, mostly sunny, foggy spots early, a mild afternoon. High 58-61. Wind south 4-8 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, sunny, a milder afternoon. High 56-59. Wind northwest 5-10 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, foggy areas early. Low 35-38. Wind variable 3-5 mph. Thursday, mostly sunny, foggy spots early, a mild afternoon. High 59-62. Wind south 4-8 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, mostly sunny, milder. High 52-56. Low 28-32. Wind west 6-12 mph. Thursday, partly sunny, patchy fog early, mild. High 56-60. Wind southwest 6-12 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, sunny, a milder afternoon. High 53-58. Low 35-40. Wind northwest 5-10 mph. Thursday, mostly sunny, mild. High 57-62. Wind variable 4-8 mph.

Virginia: Today, sunny, a milder afternoon. High 55-60. Low 37-44. Wind west 4-8 mph. Thursday, sunny, patchy fog early, a mild afternoon. High 58-63. Wind south 4-8 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, patchy fog early, mostly sunny, milder. Wind northwest 5-10 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, mostly sunny, a milder afternoon. Wind northwest 5-10 knots. Waters nearly smooth on the lower Potomac and the bay.

River Stages: The National Weather Service estimates the stage at Little Falls to be 3.4 feet this morning and predicts the stage to fall to 3.3 feet Thursday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Rise Set

Sun 7:14 a.m. 4:46 p.m.

Moon 7:36 a.m. 5:37 p.m.

Mercury 5:36 a.m. 3:43 p.m.

Venus 3:38 a.m. 2:36 p.m.

Mars 10:51 a.m. 8:48 p.m.

Jupiter 2:08 p.m. 3:09 a.m.

Saturn 2:55 p.m. 4:26 a.m.

Uranus 11:00 a.m. 9:10 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.