AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, cloudy, rain, drizzle, fog. High 54. Wind southeast 8-16 mph. Tonight, rain ending early, mostly cloudy late. Low 40. Wind southwest 6-12 mph. Wednesday, partly sunny, breezy, rain at night. High 54. Wind northwest 8-16 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, cloudy, rain, drizzle, fog, downpours. High 53-56. Wind southeast 8-16 mph. Tonight, rain early, then partly cloudy late. Low 40-43. Wind southwest 6-12 mph. Wednesday, partly sunny, rain at night. High 53-56. Wind west 8-16 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, cloudy, rain, drizzle, fog. High 50-53. Wind southeast 6-12 mph. Tonight, becoming partly cloudy. Low 37-40. Wind southwest 6-12 mph. Wednesday, increasingly cloudy, rain at night. High 50-53. Wind northwest 8-16 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, rain tapering to drizzle. High 45-50. Low 32-37. Wind northeast 6-12 mph. Wednesday, becoming cloudy, rain possible late. High 42-47. Wind southeast 6-12 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, soaking rain, drizzle, fog, windy at times. High 55-60. Low 42-47. Wind south 10-20 mph. Wednesday, partly sunny. High 55-60. Wind northwest 8-16 mph.

Virginia: Today, showers, fog, windy at times. High 60-68. Low 45-50. Wind southwest 10-20 mph. Wednesday, increasingly cloudy. High 60-65. Wind west 8-16 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, cloudy, rain, drizzle, fog. Wind east to southeast increasing to 8-16 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, rain, drizzle, fog. Wind south to southwest 10-20 knots. Waves 1-2 feet on the lower Potomac and 2 feet on the bay.

River Stages: The National Weather Service estimates the stage at Little Falls to be 3.6 feet this morning and predicts the stage to remain at 4.2 feet Wednesday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Sun

Rise: 7:18 a.m.

Set: 4:47 p.m.

Moon

Rise: 11:52 a.m.

Set: 11:02 p.m.

Mercury

Rise: 5:55 a.m.

Set: 3:44 p.m.

Venus

Rise: 3:49 a.m.

Set: 2:32 p.m.

Mars

Rise: 10:41 a.m.

Set: 8:48 p.m.

Jupiter

Rise: 1:44 p.m.

Set: 2:45 a.m.

Saturn

Rise: 2:31 p.m.

Set: 4:01 a.m.

Uranus

Rise: 10:37 a.m.

Set: 8:47 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.