(ORDO NEWS) — This morning, climbers on Mount Kinabalu were in for a surprise: snow fell over the highest peak in Southeast Asia.
One of the witnesses of this phenomenon was a via ferrata instructor, 47-year-old Khajiri Sulumin, who recorded a video that was widely circulated.
In the video, you can hear him exclaiming: “Salji turun! Salji turun! Opurak!” (Snow is falling! Snow is falling! It’s white!).
Hajiri further added that it was a beautiful view and the snow was white, similar to the snow that has fallen in Western countries.
It is clear that Khajiri was waiting for climbers at the Sayat-Sayat hut at about 7.18 am, when the snow began to fall. Although snowfalls are rare on this mountain, they were recorded in 1975 and 1993.
Sabah parks manager Justinus Guntabid said the average temperature in Panalaban from 2 am to 10 am was between 6.9 and 12.3 degrees Celsius.
“But it’s colder today than other days, so it could be even colder upstairs.” Those who have seen snow can consider themselves lucky,” he said.
Sabah Meteorology Department Director Amirzoudi Hashim said snow or frost is not uncommon in high altitude places like Mount Kinabalu.
However, according to him, this happens when the temperature drops to zero Celsius or below and with an appropriate level of humidity.
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