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Bureau of Meteorology warns of wild weather for east coast of Australia


Potentially severe storms are on track to hit the east coast of Australia, bringing damaging winds and rain over the next week.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a low-pressures system to develop over the next couple of days, which is anticipated to hit the New South Wales south coast and the Victorian East Gippsland.

Rain and battering winds are predicted across Sydney for the next three days, with more than 20mm of rain expected on Monday.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Sydney is expected to be battered by southerly wind gusts of up to 40km/h, set to bring large coastal waves and swells.

The onslaught of wild weather will plunge the harbour city to temperatures as low as nine degrees celsius in the coming week.

BOM meteorologist Dr Adam Morgan said there was still an array of possible forecast scenarios, but the worst of the weather would be felt on Monday and Tuesday.

“These are weather systems that can impact communities through flash flooding, damage to trees and property and coastal erosion,” he said.

“Beach conditions will be dangerous right along the coast.”

Dr Morgan also noted the NSW south coast is likely to experience the brunt of the storm cell.

According to BOM, the NSW town of Eden is expected to dumped with up to 80mm of rain, with the possibility of a thunderstorm in the area.

Victoria’s East Gippsland area is expected to miss the full force of the storm, scheduled only to receive an estimated 10mm to 30mm of rain on both Monday and Tuesday.

“With south coast and Eastern Gippsland landscapes still recovering after the summer bushfires, next week’s weather could see some serious impacts,” Dr Morgan said.

Rain is expected to hit Melbourne on Sunday and Monday, with the Victorian capital expected to hit a top temperature of 13 degrees tomorrow.

Sydney will hit a maximum of 19 degrees on Sunday, while patchy showers and maximum of 24 degrees is expected for Brisbane.

Adelaide is tipped to experience a shower or two on Sunday, with a maximum temperature of 14 degrees celsius.

Perth will have a sunny Sunday with an top of 21 degrees, while Hobart is forecast for showers and a maximum of 12 degrees.

Showers and a maximum of 13 degrees are predicted for Canberra and Darwin will be mostly sunny with a top temperature of 33 degrees.



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Sexual assault cases skyrocket in NSW: Australian Bureau of Statistics


The number of victims of sexual assault in New South Wales has skyrocketed to a 10-year high, according to new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Data from 2019, released on Thursday, shows an 8 per cent increase, from 10,241 victims in 2018 to 11,009 in 2019 – the highest number of victims in the past 10 years.

Of those, one in five were male – the largest proportion of male victims in the country.

Half of the male victims were under the age of 15, while more than a quarter of female victims were between 15 and 19 years old.

More than three-quarters of people knew their attacker, and 60 per cent of assaults took place at a home.

Nearly a third were acts of family violence.

The ACT was the only other state to record an increase, with their assault rate spiking by 18 per cent to a total of 327 victims in 2019.

Similarly to NSW, most victims were female and knew their attacker. More than a third of assaults were acts of family violence, and two-thirds of all attacks took place at a residence.

Our Watch CEO Patty Kinnersly told NCA NewsWire while it was a positive step that more victims appeared to be reporting assaults committed against them, domestic and family violence and sexual assault cases were still “vastly underreported”.

“Increased awareness and greater public discussion which enhances the community’s understanding of what constitutes violence against women is definitely a positive development,” she said.

“It wasn’t that long ago that domestic violence was seen as a ‘private’ issue not to be discussed in public.

“Greater reporting and awareness also mean that survivors will not feel stigmatised or discouraged from reporting their experiences and thus will add weight to the momentum required to make important legal and cultural changes that will continue to keep women safe.”

Ms Kinnersly added that more action needed to be taken to address the underlying drivers of violence against women, with prevention strategies that reach everyone in the community, before numbers would drop.

As NSW and the ACT grapple with their rising crime figures, sexual assaults in South Australia hit a four-year low.

SA Attorney-General Vickie Chapman attributed the drop, the first since 2016, to a new government focus on the issue.

“This government has been focused on implementing policies in the domestic and family violence space since being elected, and it’s pleasing to see some of these policies translating to lower rates of crime such as sexual assault,” she said.

Nationally, victims of robbery increased for the fourth consecutive year to 11,775 victims, and motor vehicle theft hit a seven-year high.



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Weather bureau forecasts first cold snap for New South Wales this weekend


New South Wales will be hit with it’s “first cold outbreak” of the year, with snow and damaging winds forecast throughout the weekend.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says temperatures across the state could drop by about six to eight degrees below the April average on Sunday and into Monday.

BOM Meteorologist Dr Helen Kirkup said the current weather system was moving through western parts of the state and would travel east over the weekend, bringing a cold front to the lower western region and more rainfall across north eastern parts of the state.

“Essentially there is just going to be a wind chill factor to take into account through this weekend as this first cold outbreak occurs,” Dr Kirkup said in a statement on Friday.

A severe weather warning is in place for Saturday with damaging winds expected to hit the lllawarra and parts of the south coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, South West Slopes and Snowy Mountains.

Marine wind warnings are also in place for the Byron, Coffs, Macquarie, Hunter, Sydney, Illawarra, Batemans and Eden coasts on Saturday.

Dr Kirkup said some snow was expected over the NSW Alpine region on Sunday night.

“We don’t expect the snow falls to stay around for too long … but we are expecting that cold air will bring temperatures that feel a lot colder than what they actually are,” she said.

A sheep graziers warning is also in place for the Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, South West Slopes, Riverina and Snowy Mountains due to cold temperatures, showers and strong westerly winds expected on Saturday.

In some parts of Tasmania, bush walkers have also been advised to expect snow as low as 600 metres over Saturday evening and early on Sunday.

The hazardous conditions are expected to occur in parts of the Western and Central Plateau.



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