Ballarat breakfast report: January 16

WEATHER

What an eventful day it was yesterday.

Searing heat made most lives uncomfortable before a heavy downpour in the afternoon, followed by a lightning storm about 10pm.

The stormed spark a number of fires around the Ballarat region.

It may have seemed heavier, but Ballarat received just 4.6 millimetres of rain.

And for today, well, it's going to be the hottest day of the heatwave.

A top of 41 degrees is predicted, with the chance of another thunderstorm this evening.

However, Ballarat will still swelter tonight as temperatures are forecast to only drop as low as 24 degrees overnight.

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POLICE

Police reported a quiet night overnight, wit no crime or major incidents in the area.

However, Ballarat Highway Patrol did attend a serious single-car crash on Remembrance Drive last night.

A female driver struck a tree near Cardigan Village about 6.40pm,  and remained trapped in the car for some time.

Once freed, she was taken to Ballarat Base Hospital.

Meanwhile, the second of three men charged over Tuesday's home raid in Canadian is expected to apply for bail.

Grant Smith, 36, yesterday had his bail refused, while one of his co-accused is expected to apply tomorrow.

The third co-accused, a 23-year-old woman, has already been bailed by police.

FIRE

Organised chaos is probably the best way to describe how busy our firefighters were overnight.

With fires dotted around Ballarat due to the lightning strikes, CFA crews were on their toes all night to contain all the blazes.

In town, the Ballarat City fire brigade night shift also had a hectic night.

In addition to trying to contain fires from lightning strikes, they also had a number of incidents throughout the night.

Crews were first called to a single-car accident on Remembrance Drive in Alfredton about just before 7pm, where they worked to free a woman who had crashed her car into a tree.

Later in the night crews were also called to Sebastopol, where power lines had fallen and live lines were on the road.

AMBULANCE

A woman was struck by lightning last night as a thunderstorm swept the region.

The woman in her 30s, was at Cairn Curran Reservoir, near Maldon, when she was struck about 7.30pm.

Paramedics resuscitated her and transported her to Bendigo Hospital.

Earlier in the night, paramedics attended the single vehicle crash on Remembrance Drive, where a woman in her 40s suffered extensive injuries.

Ambulance Victoria spokesman John Mullen said the woman would normally have been airlifted to Melbourne, but the electrical storm meant aircraft was not available.

She sustained head, pelvic and abdominal injuries.

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