AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, becoming partly sunny, mild. High 50. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Tonight, mostly clear. Low 34. Wind northeast 4-8 mph. Saturday, partly to mostly sunny, a very mild afternoon. High 55. Wind south to southeast 6-12 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, a shower early, then partly sunny, mild. High 48-51. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Tonight, mostly clear. Low 31-34. Wind northeast 4-8 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny, a very mild afternoon. High 53-56. Wind southeast 6-12 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, becoming partly sunny, a mild afternoon. High 47-50. Wind north 6-12 mph. Tonight, mostly clear. Low 30-33. Wind northeast 3-6 mph. Saturday, partly to mostly sunny, a very mild afternoon. High 53-56. Wind south 6-12 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, partly sunny, cooler. High 40-45. Low 30-35. Wind north 6-12 mph. Saturday, partly sunny, a milder afternoon. High 50-55. Wind southeast 5-10 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, a shower early, then partly sunny, mild. High 45-50. Low 30-35. Wind northwest 6-12 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny, mild. High 50-55. Wind southeast 5-10 mph.

Virginia: Today, a shower early, then partly sunny, mild. High 50-62. Low 33-40. Wind north 6-12 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny, very mild. High 55-60. Wind southeast 5-10 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, becoming partly to mostly sunny, mild. Wind north to northwest 5-10 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, becoming partly sunny, mild. Wind north to 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 3.5 feet this morning and predicts the stage to fall to 3.4 feet Saturday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Rise Set

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

Moon 1:45 a.m. 1:18 p.m.

Mercury 6:54 a.m. 4:10 p.m.

Venus 4:23 a.m. 2:27 p.m.

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

Jupiter 12:37 p.m. 1:39 a.m.

Saturn 1:22 p.m. 2:51 a.m.

Uranus 9:33 a.m. 7:45 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.