Ballarat breakfast report: December 18

WEATHER

Get the sunscreen out, today will be hot!

A top of 32 degrees is forecast in what will likely be a brilliantly sunny day, with Christmas Day just one week away.

The temperature dropped as low as five degrees overnight, with a thick fog blanketing the area at sunrise.

However the sun has now broken through and a stunning day is on the way.

There is a 10 per cent chance of rain, according to Weatherzone, before impending thunderstorms arrive tomorrow afternoon.

POLICE

Ballarat police did not report any incidents from overnight.

However, you can expect to see an increased police presence in Ballarat's pubs and clubs over the next few nights, as Operation Tradie begins to ramp up.

The last Friday before Christmas has traditionally been a hectic night on Ballarat streets, with most trades people finishing work for the year and attending end of year parties.

Police have sworn to crack down on anti-social behaviour, while making themselves highly visible.

FIRE

Fire crews were called to a barbecue fire in Invermay last night, where a gas bottle had caught fire.

Senior station officer Shane Phillips said the gas bottle caught alight but the home owners were able to minimise any damage by keeping it cool with a garden hose.

"The gas bottle was still engulfed in flames when we arrived but the owners had kept it cool by watering it with a garden hose.

"We then isolated the gas bottle to put the fire out."

Mr Phillips said they were receiving more gas related calls this time of year.

"People should check any connections where there's soapy water, and if it's bubbling it could be a gas leak.

"Gas bottles should be checked over thoroughly before using them for barbecues."

Firefighters were also called to false reports of a car rollover in Golden Point about 2am, along with police and ambulance, but there was no accident to report.

TRAINS

All Ballarat trains are running on time this morning, according to the V/Line website.

However, the Bendigo line is running 20 minutes late, due to a track fault.

TOP STORIES

Sports precinct masterplan cut to attract investors

Stabbing suspect appears for committal hearing

Waubra Foundation refuses to change its name

ON THE AGENDA

Ross Streeter, the man who killed his father an uncle on a Natte Yallock property in March will today be sentenced at the Supreme Court in Melbourne.

Smartphone
Tablet - Narrow
Tablet - Wide
Desktop