Pekanbaru, Riau Province (ANTARA News) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 18 (NOAA 18) satellite of Singapore has detected at least 45 hot spots in Sumatra island, a meteorological agency spokesman said here on Friday.

"On Wednesday, January 5, 2012, the satellite of NOAA 18 detected at least 45 hot spots in the provinces of Jambi, North Sumatra, South Sumatra, Riau, and Aceh," Pekanbaru Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) spokesman Marzuki said.

Marzuki said that in Riau province alone a total of 22 hot spots at the districts of Pelalawan, Rokan Hilir, Kuantan Sengingi, Bengkalis, Indragiri Hulu, Kampar, Rokan Hulu, and Dumai city were detected by the Singapore`s satellite on Wednesday.

"The number of hot spots in Sumatra island tends to increase if the temperature remains above 33 Celsius degrees with less rain fall," Marzuki said.

According to him, Riau provincial capital of Pekanbaru since the past week has been hit by extreme weather with an average temperature of over 33 Celsius degrees both in the day time and at night.

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