Spider population booming in record Aussie heat

Spider population booming in record Aussie heat

Sydney is in the middle of a reported spider boom, with an increased number of deadly funnel webs and redbacks on the northern beaches.

Spiders breed faster in warmer, more humid conditions, and parts of Australia are sweltering through a record run of hot weather.

Sydney has enjoyed 32 consecutive days with highs above 26degC, smashing the previous record of 19 days in a row set in 2014.

It's the longest run of sweaty, sticky weather since Sydney's weather records started in 1859.

Nights in the city have been just as warm, with only two nights in February dropping below 19degC.

The hot, humid weather comes after two heatwaves in January, and there's no sign of things cooling off.

Forecasters predict Sydney is in for another seven days above 26degC, which would more than double the previous record of 19 consecutive days.

Victoria and Tasmania are just as hot as New South Wales, with temperatures tipped to reach almost 40degC in parts of Northern Victoria.