AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, mostly sunny, windy. High 40. Wind northwest 15-25 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, diminishing wind. Low 30. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Thursday, partly sunny, breezy, a milder afternoon. High 55. Wind southwest 10-20 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, mostly sunny, blustery. High 38-41. Wind northwest 15-25 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, diminishing wind. Low 27-30. Wind northwest 7-14 mph. Thursday, partly sunny, breezy, becoming much milder. High 54-57. Wind southwest 10-20 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, mostly sunny, windy. High 37-40. Wind northwest 15-25 mph. Tonight, mostly clear, diminishing wind. Low 25-28. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Thursday, partly sunny, breezy, becoming milder. High 53-56. Wind southwest 10-20 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, variably cloudy, windy. High 30-35. Low 22-27. Wind northwest 10-20 mph. Thursday, partly sunny, breezy, a milder afternoon. High 43-48. Wind southwest 8-16 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, mostly sunny, windy, chilly. High 37-42. Low 27-32. Wind west to northwest 15-25 mph. Thursday, partly sunny, milder. High 50-55. Wind southwest 10-20 mph.

Virginia: Today, becoming mostly sunny, windy. High 40-49. Low 30-35. Wind west to northwest 12-25 mph. Thursday, mostly sunny, milder. High 55-60. Wind southwest 8-15 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, partly sunny, windy, flurry early. Wind west to northwest 15-30 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, mostly sunny, windy. Wind west to northwest 15-25 knots. Waves 1-2 feet on the lower Potomac and 2-3 feet on the Chesapeake Bay.

River Stages: The National Weather Service estimates the stage at Little Falls to be 3.5 feet this morning and predicts the stage to fall to 3.4 feet Thursday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Rise Set

Sun 7:26 a.m. 4:54 p.m.

Moon -- -- -- -- 12:20 p.m.

Mercury 6:48 a.m. 4:05 p.m.

Venus 4:19 a.m. 2:27 p.m.

Mars 10:14 a.m. 8:48 p.m.

Jupiter 12:44 p.m. 1:46 a.m.

Saturn 1:30 p.m. 2:59 a.m.

Uranus 9:40 a.m. 7:52 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.