Good morning Bendigo! 16.01.14

A rainbow appeared over Sacred Heart Cathedral this morning. 
Picture: GEORGINA HOWDEN-CHITTY

A rainbow appeared over Sacred Heart Cathedral this morning. Picture: GEORGINA HOWDEN-CHITTY

Good morning Bendigo! How is everyone coping with the heatwave? Let me know, email merran.reed@fairfaxmedia.com.au or follow me on Twitter: @merranreed

TODAY'S WEATHER

Max 44. Chance of an afternoon storm.

For more detailed weather news click here

TRAINS

All trains to Melbourne have been replaced by coaches while works are done on the tracks. 

Trains are stilling running to Swan Hill, however V/Line said via Twitter that this morning's service had been cancelled 

"10:15 Bendigo - Swan Hill service is cancelled and will be operating as road coaches, due to a train fault. #vline

"07:11 Swan Hill - Bendigo service is cancelled and will be operating as road coaches, due to a train fault. #vline"

NEWS OVERNIGHT

Fire crews face another lightning band

A watch and act warning was issued for Barker Road in Harcourt North for between 8pm and 9pm last night with a grassfire burning out of control. 

The CFA later downgraded that to an alert message.

Helicopter water bombers helped fight the fire. 

Australian heatwaves more frequent, hotter and longer: Climate Council report

Heatwaves in Australia are becoming more frequent, hotter and are lasting longer, a report released today by the Climate Council says.

The interim findings of the report, Australian Heatwaves: Hotter, Longer, Earlier and More Often, come as southern Australia swelters through a heatwave.

After notching up two consecutive days over 40 degrees Celsius, Melbourne is on track to record its second-longest heatwave since records began in the 1830s.

- ABC

THE HIT LIST

Reader pictures: Lightning hits Bendigo

GALLERY: Bendigo swelters through heatwave

GALLERY: Beating the heat in Bendigo

Fire crews face another lightning band

Power outages across the region

THE DAILY QUIZ

1. Which famous Australian lit the Olympic torch in Sydney?
2. Which Peter directed the “Lord of the Rings” series of movies?
3. People suffer when the pollen count is high if they have which fever?
4. What is needed for a game of canasta?
5. In “Alice in Wonderland” which word is used to describe The Hatter?

BIRTHDAYS

If today is your big day, happy birthday. 

You share a birthday with Richard Savage, English author (1697-1743); Niccolo Piccinni, Italian musician (1728-1800); Lorraine Bayly, Australian actress (1937-); John Carpenter, US film director (1948-); Debbie Allen, US actress/dancer/choreographer (1950-); Sade, US singer (1959-); Joel Fitzgibbon, former Defence Minister (1962-); Maxine Jones, US R&B singer (1966-); Greg Page, Australian musician and actor (The Wiggles) (1972-); Kate Moss, English model (1974-).

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1547 - Ivan the Terrible is crowned Russia's first czar.

1666 - France, allied with Holland, declares war on England.

1761 - British take Pondicherry after siege, marking end of French dominion in India.

1778 - France recognises US independence.

1964 - Thirteen Arab nations, meeting in Cairo, agree to set up military command to strengthen Arab position on problems related to Israel; the musical "Hello, Dolly!," starring Carol Channing, opens on Broadway in New York, beginning a run of 2,844 performances.

1966 - Major General Aguiyi Ironsi takes over power in Nigeria after announcing that an attempted coup has been smashed.

1969 - Soviet cosmonauts achieve first linkup of two manned spaceships while in orbit around earth.

1971 - Swiss ambassador to Brazil, Giovanni Enrico Bucher, is freed in Rio de Janeiro after being held by kidnappers for 40 days.

1973 - United States and South Vietnam declare ceasefire in Vietnam War in hopes of full peace pact.

1979 - In the face of growing unrest, Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi flees Iran, never to return.

1980 - Australia's first female commercial pilot Debbie Wardley makes her maiden flight, co-piloting an F-27 from Alice Springs to Darwin.

2010 - Precious water, food and aid begins reaching parched and starving quake survivors on the ruined streets of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince.

2011 - Large parts of Queensland are devastated by flooding after heavy rainfalls. At least 20 people are killed and thousands of homes and businesses are destroyed.

2011 - An Egyptian court convicts and sentences to death a Muslim man for killing six Christians and a Muslim guard last year - the latest in a series of moves by authorities seeking to calm religious tensions after a massive suicide bombing outside a church two weeks ago.

2012 - The political crisis engulfing Pakistan deepens when the nation's top court clashes with a beleaguered government already under attack from the powerful army - a combined assault that could bring down the US-backed administration.

2013 - An estimated 41 international workers are taken hostage in an attack in the town of In Amenas, Algeria

DID YOU KNOW?

India has the most post offices than any other country (over 100,000). 

JOKE OF THE DAY

My positive thinking class was half empty today.

Got a better joke? Any tips on what we should be heading out to today? Email merran.reed@fairfaxmedia.com.au or follow me on Twitter: @merranreed

Have a great day,

Merran 

Daily quiz answers: 

1. Cathy Freeman

2. Peter Jackson

3. Hay Fever

4. Playing cards

5. Mad

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