AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, cloudy, breezy, mild, rain at times. High 58. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Tonight, rain early, then partly cloudy, windy, cooler. Low 38. Wind northwest 20-35 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny, windy. High 50. Wind northwest 20-35 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, cloudy, breezy, mild, showers. High 57-60. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Tonight, rain early, then mostly clear, windy, cooler. Low 37-40. Wind northwest 15-30 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny, windy. High 47-50. Wind northwest 20-35 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, cloudy, breezy, mild, rain. High 56-59. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy, windy, cooler. Low 35-38. Wind northwest 20-35 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny, windy. High 45-48. Wind northwest 20-35 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, turning colder, rain early, then snow showers. High 45-50. Low 25-30. Wind northwest 15-25 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny, blustery. High 35-40. Wind northwest 15-30 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, mostly cloudy, afternoon showers, mild. High 59-64. Low 38-43. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Saturday, very windy, mostly sunny, cooler. High 45-50. Wind northwest 20-40 mph.

Virginia: Today, variably cloudy, mild, showers, thunder at night. High 61-66. Low 41-47. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Saturday, sunny, windy, cooler. High 50-55. Wind northwest 15-30 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, cloudy, rain, mild, thunder. Wind west to southwest increasing to 8-16 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, mostly cloudy, showers, a thunderstorm. Wind southwest 8-16 knots. Waves 1 foot on the lower Potomac, 1-2 feet on 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 Saturday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Sun

Rise: 7:15 a.m.

Set: 4:46 p.m.

Moon

Rise: 9:16 a.m.

Set: 7:13 p.m.

Mercury

Rise: 5:42 a.m.

Set: 3:43 p.m.

Venus

Rise: 3:42 a.m.

Set: 2:35 p.m.

Mars

Rise: 10:48 a.m.

Set: 8:48 p.m.

Jupiter

Rise: 2:00 p.m.

Set: 3:01 a.m.

Saturn

Rise: 2:47 p.m.

Set: 4:17 a.m.

Uranus

Rise: 10:52 a.m.

Set: 9:02 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.