Morning Express: Thursday, February 20

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Morning Express is a live news blog produced each weekday from 6am-9am, covering the latest headlines, weather and transport.

Good morning Sydneysiders. Have you dried out a little since last night?

Yesterday delivered some perfect sit-at-home-and-watch-telly weather.

Badgerys Creek received Sydney's heaviest rain falls, recording 29.4 millimetres since 9am yesterday, while the city received 13.2 millimetres, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Gosford and Newcastle copped thorough drenchings, recording 56.6 millimetres and 99 millimetres respectively.

But today is a different story.

A little early cloud is expected to clear, resulting in a mostly sunny day.

A top of 27 degrees is forecast in the city, and up to 31 degrees in the west.

I much prefer that sun icon on the left there.

Moving to news from overnight, and a 23-year-old man who had been placed on NSW’s most-wanted list has been extradited from Western Australia over the murder of his flatmate in Sydney.

Changjie Wang has been charged with the murder of Gongcheng Chen, 23, a Chinese national who was found stabbed to death inside an apartment on Marion Street in Auburn on February 4.

Wang was arrested in Western Australia, and NSW detectives returned with him to Sydney on Wednesday afternoon.

He has been charged with one count of murder and is due to face Burwood Local Court today.

A 15-year-old boy has been killed when he crashed a stolen motorcycle into a tree near Wagga Wagga, police say.

Emergency services were called to Brills Lane at Ganmain, about 55 kilometres north-west of Wagga Wagga, about 4.30pm on Wednesday after the motorcycle left the road and hit a tree.

Police said the boy died at the scene.

Police checks revealed the motorcycle was stolen.

The front page of the Sydney Morning Herald today reports that Papua New Guinea locals employed by security guards at the Manus Island detention centre attacked asylum seekers with machetes, knives and rocks, an interpreter employed by the Australian Immigration Department has claimed.

Azita Bokan alleges asylum seekers used plastic chairs as shields when they were attacked by locals who entered the centre on Monday night.

This story Morning Express: Thursday, February 20 first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.