Good morning Bendigo - 09.02.14

Good morning Bendigo. You could be forgiven for having a pretty restless sleep last night - the latest weather observations from the Bureau of Meteorology show Bendigo has been above 30 degrees since 2am. The overnight low of about 25 was at midnight and the temperature has been steadily rising.

Today is another Total Fire Ban Day and authorities have warned it will be an extreme fire risk.

Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley said Sunday will be the worst bushfire threat since Black Saturday.

Make sure you've got bushfire plans in order and keep monitoring the CFA for any warnings and advice.

WEATHER

Another day of extreme fire danger, with a top of 38 degrees forecast and some wild winds expected.

Winds north to northwesterly 30 to 40 km/h tending northwest to southwesterly 30 to 35 km/h in the middle of the day then tending south to southwesterly 20 to 30 km/h in the evening.

Also extreme UV index for most of the day. Remember to slip, slop, slap if you're out under the hole in the ozone layer. 

Worst threat to state since Black Saturday

As mentioned above the extreme conditions and near-record temperatures are creating dangerous conditions for residents throughout the state. 

Also read and watch a video of warnings for central Victoria from Friday's bushfire briefing: Bendigo fire crews on high alert.

Schapelle watch

As the media frenzy nears fever pitch outside Kerobokan prison this is one take from a journalist who dared to suggest one of Australia's most famous jailbirds is guilty.

WHAT'S ON TODAY

Southern 80 in Echuca - world's biggest water-skiing event. Read more about that here.

BIRTHDAYS

If it is your birthday I hope you have a great day and get lots of pressies. 

You share a birthday with economist Joseph E. Stiglitz - a former World Bank chief who Australian treasurer Wayne Swan was fond of name-dropping.

And "Ooh Aah" Glen Mcgrath - former cricketer and good bloke.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1962 - Jamaica signs agreement to become independent

1986 - Halley's Comet reaches 30th perihelion (closest approach to Sun)

1997 - Fox cartoon series "The Simpsons" airs 167th episode the longest-running animated series in cartoon history

JOKE OF THE DAY

Q: Did you hear about the dyslexic, agnostic insomniac?

A: He used to lay awake at night wondering if there really was a dog.

Have a good one, 

JF

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