AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, partly sunny, breezy, a milder afternoon. High 55. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy, chance of a shower. Low 38. Wind west 6-12 mph. Friday, partly sunny, mild. High 53. Wind northwest 8-16 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, partly sunny, breezy, much milder. High 54-57. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy, shower possible. Low 37-40. Wind west 6-12 mph. Friday, partly sunny, mild. High 51-54. Wind northwest 8-16 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, partly sunny, breezy, milder. High 53-56. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy, chance of a shower. Low 35-38. Wind west 6-12 mph. Friday, partly sunny, mild. High 50-53. Wind northwest 8-16 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, partly sunny, breezy, a milder afternoon. High 43-48. Low 30-35. Wind southwest 10-20 mph. Friday, partly sunny, cooler. High 38-43. Wind northwest 8-16 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, mostly sunny, milder, a shower possible at night. High 53-58. Low 35-40. Wind southwest 8-16 mph. Friday, becoming partly sunny. High 50-55. Wind northwest 8-16 mph.

Virginia: Today, mostly sunny, warmer, shower possible at night. High 57-62. Low 37-42. Wind west to southwest 6-12 mph. Friday, partly sunny. High 55-60. Wind northwest 8-16 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, partly sunny, milder, shower at night. Wind west to southwest 8-16 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, partly sunny, becoming milder. Wind southwest 8-16 knots. Waves 1-2 feet on the lower Potomac and 2 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 hold near 3.5 feet Friday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

Planet Watch

Rise Set

Sun 7:26 a.m. 4:55 p.m.

Moon 12:46 a.m. 12:49 p.m.

Mercury 6:51 a.m. 4:08 p.m.

Venus 4:21 a.m. 2:27 p.m.

Mars 10:12 a.m. 8:48 p.m.

Jupiter 12:40 p.m. 1:43 a.m.

Saturn 1:26 p.m. 2:55 a.m.

Uranus 9:36 a.m. 7:48 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.