AREA FORECASTS

WASHINGTON: Today, mostly cloudy, windy, heavy rain, thunderstorm late. High 66. Wind southwest 15-25 mph. Tonight, rain, thunderstorm early, colder later. Low 38. Wind west 15-25 mph. Wednesday, partly sunny, windy. High 44. Wind northwest 15-25 mph.

MARYLAND: Today, variably cloudy, windy, rain, thunderstorm late. High 65-68. Wind southwest 15-25 mph. Tonight, rain, thunderstorm. Low 38-41. Wind west 15-25 mph. Wednesday, partly sunny, windy, colder. High 43-46. Wind northwest 15-25 mph.

VIRGINIA: Today, cloudy, windy, heavy rain, thunderstorm. High 62-65. Wind southwest 15-25 mph. Tonight, rain early, partly cloudy, colder later. Low 35-38. Wind west 15-25 mph. Wednesday, partly sunny, windy. High 41-44. Wind northwest 15-25 mph.

Recreational Forecasts

MOUNTAINS

Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia: Today, rain, thunderstorms, turning to snow tonight. High 55-60. Low 22-27. Wind west 15-30 mph. Wednesday, variably cloudy, flurries. High 27-32. Wind northwest 15-25 mph.

BEACHES

Maryland and Delaware: Today, variably cloudy, windy, rain, thunderstorm late. High 65-70. Low 38-43. Wind southwest 15-30 mph. Wednesday, partly sunny, colder. High 43-48. Wind northwest 15-30 mph.

Virginia: Today, variably cloudy, windy, then rain, thunderstorm tonight. High 69-76. Low 43-48. Wind south 15-25 mph. Wednesday, partly sunny, colder. High 45-50. Wind northwest 15-30 mph.

BOATING

Upper Potomac River: Today, heavy rain, thunderstorm, windy. Wind west to southwest 15-30 knots.

Lower Potomac and Chesapeake Bay: Today, heavy rain, a thunderstorm arriving. Wind southwest 15-30 knots. Waves 2 feet on the lower Potomac, 2-3 feet on the bay.

River Stages: The National Weather Service estimates the stage at Little Falls to be 3.3 feet this morning and predicts the stage to hold near 3.3 feet Wednesday morning. Flood stage at Little Falls is 10 feet.

PLANET WATCH

Sun

Rise: 7:27 a.m.

Set: 4:59 p.m.

Moon

Rise: 5:30 a.m.

Set: 3:36 p.m.

Mercury

Rise: 7:07 a.m.

Set: 4:21 p.m.

Venus

Rise: 4:31 a.m.

Set: 2:27 p.m.

Mars

Rise: 10:02 a.m.

Set: 8:48 p.m.

Jupiter

Rise: 12:17 p.m.

Set: 1:20 a.m.

Saturn

Rise: 1:06 p.m.

Set: 2:35 a.m.

Uranus

Rise: 9:17 a.m.

Set: 7:30 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.