Ballarat breakfast report: February 19

WEATHER

Those of you who were trembling at the thought of a summer day temperature failing to exceed the teens can rest easy - it is going to be warmer than first thought today.

Forecasters have adjusted their predictions, meaning we can now expect a top temperature of 20 degrees, although it will most likely be far from pleasant.

There is a 90 per cent chance of rain, with thunderstorms expected to roll into Ballarat late in the morning and throughout the afternoon.

Possible hail and strong gusts of wind are also expected to accompany the storm, prompting authorities to urge people to take caution.

POLICE

A quiet night in Ballarat, with police reporting no incidents.

Meanwhile, detectives continue to hunt arsonists believed to be responsible for the spate of fires in Lucas over recent weeks.

Police have reignited their appeal for assistance from the public, urging anybody with information to come forward.

There a few descriptions of the offenders at this stage, but police say even the smallest piece of information will prove helpful in solving the case.

Anybody with information is asked to contact Ballarat Criminal Investigation Unit on 5336 6080.

FIRE

A stray car that crashed into a gas meter had firefighters on their toes in Mt Helen last night.

The car, which damaged the meter and caused a gas leak, had run off the road when it crashed on Boak Avenue, just after 9pm.

Fire crews attended the scene and isolated the leak until the gas company arrived.

In an early start to the morning, crews also rushed out to Creswick at 5.27am after a fire alarm at the University of Melbourne Creswick campus.

However, the alarm proved to be false.

SES

No call outs for our SES volunteers from overnight, although they are reminding people to be wary of the wild weather that is expected to hit Ballarat today.

Residents are reminded to tie down any loose items outside their homes, while taking extra care out on the roads as wind and possible hail hits the city later this morning.

TRAINS

Ballarat trains are running on time this morning as the Melbourne to Albury service is the only one to suffer disruption, with buses replacing trains.

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