Ballarat breakfast report: January 17


Forecasters predicted the hottest night of the week - and they weren't wrong.

In a steamy night in Ballarat, the temperature fell to just 24.3 degrees at 2.30am, making it the hottest night in the city for four years.

The previous hottest night was 24.6 degrees in January, 2010.

However, those struggling to sleep through the hot nights are finally going to get some relief, with tonight's temperature expected to drop to 16 degrees as the cool change comes through.

Day time maximums are still expected to reach 40 degrees in Ballarat, before the winds change in mid-late afternoon from northerly's to southerly's. 

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Ballarat police reported another quiet night in Ballarat - maybe people were too hot and bothered to be breaking the law.

Meanwhile, the second man arrested over the house raid in Canadian is expected to apply for bail today.

And although this isn't necessarily our patch, we have a certain affinity with crocodiles in Ballarat.

Police were yesterday hunting a freshwater crocodile that had gone missing from Mildura.

The four-foot reptile was last seen by its owner in its tank at the rear of a property about midday, with fears it had wandered away or had been stolen.

After a 10-hour jaunt, the croc was recaptured by his owner near where it went missing about 10.30pm, ending his adventure.

No one was injured.


A strike team of volunteers from Ballarat was last night headed west to assist in tackling the growing fires in the Grampians.

Crews from Buninyong, Sebastopol, Wendouree and Ballarat fire brigades hit the road.

There are a number of different fires burning throughout the Grampians, with two property's already confirmed as being destroyed.

In Ballarat, the night shift crew was first called out to a car rollover in Dunnstown at 6.30pm, but the occupant had already freed himself from the vehicle upon arrival.

Then, at 3.30am today, crews were called out to a fire at the industrial complex in Wendouree, but it turned out to be a false alarm.

The CFA says the change of wind is expected between 4pm and 6pm today, in what will be the period of highest danger.


Finally, the last day of the heatwave is upon us.

Finally, the last day of the heatwave is upon us.

Paramedics attended the car rollover on Old Melbourne Road in Dunnstown last night.

Although there were initial reports of a fire, there was no evidence of a blaze when crews arrived.

A man in his 80s rolled the car but had freed himself by the time emergency crews arrived.

He suffered cuts and abrasions and was taken to the Ballarat Base Hospital.


SES crews are assisting in the fire in the Grampians today, trying to combat it as much as possible before the change of wind hits.

In Ballarat, volunteer crews only had two call outs overnight, both for trees down across roads.



Premier Denis Napthine is in Ballarat today. He will be at Mt Helen's Federation University campus this morning.


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