Ballarat breakfast report: December 4

WEATHER

The forecasters said it was going to rain - and they were right.

However there was not as much rainfall as first predicted, with 5.6 millimetres falling overnight.

The biggest downpour came between 11.30pm and midnight, where two millimetres fell in half an hour.

Today, we can expect a cloudy day, with possible thunderstorms in the earlier part of the day.

Between 5mm and 10mm of rain is forecast, before a top of just 13 tomorrow.

POLICE

Ballarat police reported another quiet night in Ballarat last night, however there was an act of stupidity in Werribee that did catch our eye.

A 22-year-old driver, who had a pregnant passenger on board, started doing burnouts in front of a marked police car during a police traffic operation yesterday afternoon.

He was soon arrested by police and it was found the car was unregistered and had false number plates.

The man also had a suspended licence and is expected to be charged.

In sad news, a 77-year-old Warrnambool woman died in hospital last night after a crash yesterday.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Wollaston Road and Mortlake Road about 3.30pm, with the woman dying in hospital a short time later.

FIRE

No call outs for our fire crews overnight, but they have sent a warning out to farmers to remain vigilant before the upcoming fire season.

There has been a spate of fires, particularly in northern Victoria, in the past week that have been caused by farm machinery.

Ballarat City Fire Brigade senior station officer Neville Collins said it served as a reminder to Ballarat region farmers that fires can start extremely easily.

Last year's devastating Chepstowe fire was caused by a farming ute.

Mr Collins said farmers needed to make sure all equipment was fully checked and fire safe.

TRAINS

The Geelong and Seymour lines have both been affected this morning, although the Ballarat line is running on time. The Geelong line is delayed, while Seymour has been replaced by buses.

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ON THE AGENDA

We will check out the the Burke and Wills Fountain in Sturt Street, which is being transformed into a Christmas display as part  of a public art project.

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