Winter has come, but no white walkers on Mt Kinabalu

Slippery slope: Ice crystals on parts of Mount Kinabalu after temperatures plunged to -3°C and -5° C on April 7.

KOTA KINABALU: It’s freezing atop Mount Kinabalu after temperatures there plunged below zero.

According to the Facebook page of Sabah Parks, the temperature was between -3° Celsius and -5° Celsius on Friday.

The sub-zero temperature was recorded between 2.30am and 7am while the humidity was at 17%.

“Freezing occurred in the area surrounding the Panalaban substation complex in Taman Kinabalu until the summit of Mount Kinabalu.

“The frozen ice caused the surface of the granite stone to be slippery.

“All climbers should be careful while ascending and descending. Acute mountain sickness can also frequently happen during cold weather,” said Sabah Parks.

It added that all hiking activities went smoothly. No emergency incidents were reported.

The FB posts was accompanied by pictures of ice crystals forming at various places on the mountain, as well as traces of snow on the wooden walkway.

In February last year, rare snowfall occurred on the summit of Mount Kinabalu. The unusual two-minute phenomenon was caught on video.

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