Ballarat breakfast report: January 24

WEATHER

Don't you just love the smell of rain in the summer?

Just 2.8mm of rain fell between 4am and 7am today, although it is soon expected to clear.

A top temperature of 25 degrees is forecast, which could be the last we see of any rain for some time.

There is a chance of a clearing shower tomorrow, where the temperature will reach just 21 degrees, but temperatures are expected to again soar next week.

Australia Day is expected to reach 28, before a week of temperatures in the mid 30s.

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POLICE

Police are hunting thieves who targeted a primary school in Redan and stole thousands of dollars in shade cloth.

Crime Scene Officers attended St Aloysius Primary School yesterday, where staff found the shade clothes had been stolen some time over the school holidays.

It is believed the thefts occurred between December 20, last year and January 14, this year.

Anybody with information is asked to contact Senior Constable Greg Thomas at Ballarat Police on 5336 6000.

Ballarat Highway Patrol also commenced Operation Amity overnight, which will see police conduct a four-day blitz on Ballarat's roads, with a particular emphasis on low level speeding and drink driving.

Meanwhile, police will also be targeting festival goers at the Big Day Out at Flemington Racecourse today.

Sniffer dogs will be on scene at entry to track down illicit drugs, while a heavy police presence is expected throughout the day.

FIRE

Fire crews rushed to a fire in Sebastopol Street just after 9.30pm, after reports a house was heavily under fire.

However, upon arrival, crews were able to douse the blaze relatively quickly and prevented any major damage.

A grassfire also threatened houses near Smeaton yesterday, which is believed to have been started by a lawnmower.

The fire threatened nearby houses, with more than a dozen crews fighting the fire.

The quick response saw the blaze controlled, although it did damage quite a large area.

AMBULANCE AND SES

No major incidents for our SES or ambulance paramedics overnight.

TRAINS

Ballarat trains are reported to be running on time this morning, although some Geelong services have been replaced by road coaches.

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ON THE AGENDA

The annual Ballarat and District 54-hole golf tournament will tee off today, with the first of three rounds to be played at Ballarat Golf Club.

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