Ballarat breakfast report: January 28

WEATHER

Today has been declared a total fire ban day for the whole of Victoria.

It is forecast to reach 38 degrees in Ballarat with severe fire warnings. There will be northerly winds earlier in the day before a cool change comes in, shifting to cooler, gusty south to southwesterly winds. 

This comes off the back of a warm night, where at midnight it had only dropped 24.9 degrees. It continued to drop until 6am when it hit 20.8 degrees before returning to build for today's heat. 

There will be some relief on the way, with tomorrow forecast to be cloudy and 26, before the rest of the week continuously peaking the mid to high 30s. 

 POLICE

Police had a very quiet night, after a serious motorcycle accident where the rider received possible multiple internal and head injuries in the Ballarat CBD late in the afternoon. You can read about the incident here. 

 FIRE

Ballarat City Fire were only called out to a few cooking incident false alarms last night, but are preparing for the day ahead. 

Duty officer Anthony Pearce said that everyone should be careful and ready to enact their fire safety plans as today is a total fire ban day.

"No solid fuel barbecues, no driving vehicles on dry grass, no behaviour that could potentially cause a fire," he said.

For fire safety advice, warnings and alerts, visit the CFA website. 

AMBULANCE

Ambulance Victoria spokesperson Gabrielle Degenhardt said although last night was quiet, she was cautious of the day ahead.

"It looks like it's going to be another hot week with the exception of tomorrow, so everyone needs to take precautions," she said.

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