AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, becoming partly sunny, milder, foggy spots early. High 56. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy, shower possible late. Low 40. Wind southwest 6-12 mph. Thursday, partly sunny, windy, chilly. High 50. Wind northwest 12-22 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, cloudy to partly sunny, milder, patchy fog early. High 54-57. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy, shower late. Low 39-42. Wind southwest 6-12 mph. Thursday, partly sunny, windy, chilly. High 50-53. Wind northwest 12-25 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, foggy spots early, cloudy to partly sunny, milder. High 52-55. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy, shower late. Low 37-40. Wind west 6-12 mph. Thursday, partly sunny, windy, chilly. High 47-50. Wind northwest 12-22 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, becoming mostly cloudy, shower possible late. High 45-50. Low 30-35. Wind southwest 5-10 mph. Thursday, mostly cloudy, flurries. High 32-37. Wind northwest 12-22 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, becoming partly sunny, mild. High 54-69. Low 35-40. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Thursday, party sunny, windy. High 48-53. Wind northwest 12-25 mph.

Virginia: Today, mostly sunny, a mild afternoon. High 59-64. Low 40-53. Wind west 6-12 mph. Thursday, partly sunny, windy, cooler. High 50-55. Wind northwest 12-22 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, cloudy to partly sunny, foggy spots early. Wind northwest 5-10 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, foggy spots early, then partly sunny. Wind northwest 6-12 knots. Waves 1 foot or less on the lower Potomac and the bay.

River Stages: The National Weather Service estimates the stage at Little Falls to be 4.2 feet this morning and predicts the stage to rise to 4.8 feet Thursday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Rise Set

Sun 7:19 a.m. 4:47 p.m.

Moon 12:25 p.m. -- -- -- --

Mercury 5:58 a.m. 3:45 p.m.

Venus 3:51 a.m. 2:32 p.m.

Mars 10:39 a.m. 8:48 p.m.

Jupiter 1:40 p.m. 2:41 a.m.

Saturn 2:27 p.m. 3:56 a.m.

Uranus 10:33 a.m. 8:44 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.