Hailstorms are not unusual, says ministry


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 05 Jun 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: The hailstorm that hit several parts of the city on Friday is not an unusual phenomenon, said Science, Innovation and Technology Minister Datuk Seri Madius Tangau.

He said hailstorms could happen during severe thunderstorms.

“When cumulonimbus clouds reach an altitude of 40,000ft, raindrops can form into chunks of ice,” he said in a statement.

He said the duration of hailstorms was short, only about 20 minutes, adding that such storms could happen at any time.

During a hailstorm, people should not be near windows and should take shelter in buildings, or under bridges if driving.

He said the ministry, through the Malaysian Meteorological Depart­ment, monitors the weather continuously and updates the public via the MetMalaysia hotline, 1-300-22-1MET(638), its website and social media.


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