AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, sunny, very windy, cool. High 52. Wind northwest 20-35 mph. Tonight, clear, cold, diminishing wind. Low 34. Wind northwest 8-15 mph. Sunday, mostly sunny, a milder afternoon. High 56. Wind west to northwest 8-15 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, sunny, bright, very windy, cool. High 49-52. Wind northwest 20-40 mph. Tonight, clear, cold, diminishing wind. Low 30-33. Wind northwest 8-15 mph. Sunday, sunny, becoming milder. High 55-58. Wind west to northwest 10-18 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, mostly sunny, very windy, cool. High 48-51. Wind northwest 20-35 mph. Tonight, clear, cold, diminishing wind. Low 27-30. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Sunday, sunny, a milder afternoon. High 53-56. Wind west to northwest 8-15 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, becoming mostly sunny, blustery. High 40-45. Low 20-25. Wind northwest 12-22 mph. Sunday, partly sunny, milder. High 45-50. Wind west 8-15 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, sunny, very windy, cool. High 49-54. Low 29-34. Wind northwest 20-40 mph. Sunday, sunny, bright, little wind, milder. High 52-57. Wind northwest 10-18 mph.

Virginia: Today, sunny, windy, cooler. High 53-58. Low 33-40. Wind northwest 15-30 mph. Sunday, sunny, bright, milder, little wind. High 56-61. Wind west 6-12 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, mostly sunny, very windy, cool. Wind northwest 20-35 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, sunny, windy, cooler. Wind northwest 20-35 knots. Waves 2-3 feet on the lower Potomac and 3-5 feet on the Chesapeake 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 rise to 3.6 feet Sunday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Rise Set

Sun 7:16 a.m. 4:46 p.m.

Moon 10:01 a.m. 8:06 p.m.

Mercury 5:45 a.m. 3:43 p.m.

Venus 3:44 a.m. 2:34 p.m.

Mars 10:46 a.m. 8:48 p.m.

Jupiter 1:56 p.m. 2:57 a.m.

Saturn 2:43 p.m. 4:13 a.m.

Uranus 10:49 a.m. 8:59 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.