Ballarat breakfast report: December 28

WEATHER

It's going to be hot, hot, hot out there. We hope you've got somewhere to keep cool today.

The temperature is already sitting on 24.5 degrees and looks like getting up to a top of 33 degrees in the afternoon.

There will also be a strong north to northwesterly blowing, helping create severe fire conditions in the central fire district. A total fire ban is in place for much of the state.

Luckily, the heat won't last too long with a cool change slated to arrive later in the day along with strong squally winds.

POLICE 

Police are set to continue their investigation into the cause of a crash that killed a man in his 60s yesterday

The man died after the Falcon utility he was driving veered off Learmonth Road and into a paddock near Ballarat Airport. 

Ballarat Highway Patrol are urging any witnesses to the crash to come forward. 

FIRE

Nothing to report for Ballarat fire brigades overnight, however they will be watching today's fire conditions very closely. 

This afternoon's predicted wind change looks like being the key moment, with the potential for it to move any ongoing fires to a new direction. 

AMBULANCE

Nothing to report from local paramedics.

V/LINE

Coaches will replace trains from today onwards on the Ballarat line to make way for construction of the Regional Rail Link. 

V/Line is advising commuters to allow an extra 30 minutes for their journey. Trains will return on January 20.

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