Recent ice and frost phenomenon in Mount Kinabalu is not out of the ordinary, says Met Dept

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  • Wednesday, 23 Sep 2020

KOTA KINABALU: The recent ice and frost phenomenon at the top of Mount Kinabalu is natural and due to climate and weather conditions as in past occurrences, says Sabah Meteorological Department.

State director Amirzudi Hashim said the recent incident on the mountain’s peak was similar to the ones recorded in 1993, 2014 and 2017.

“The ice and frost at Mount Kinabalu’s peak is a natural phenomenon which can happen during continuous rain or thick fog, coupled with strong winds at a high altitude.

“The cold climate at above 11,000 feet can create ice and frost formation. If the condition persists, ice formation will form at the peak as recorded on Sept 19,” he said when contacted on Wednesday (Sept 23).

Amirzudi was asked to comment on recent pictures shared by a Facebook user Wandy John, showing "snow" phenomenon at the mountain, which went viral on social media.

He said the Laban Rata station, which is 3,311m above sea level, recorded the lowest temperature readings at 7.1 degree Celsius on Sept 18 and Sept 19.

The lowest reading was on Sept 18 at 6pm.

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