Ice Sheets And 'Snow' Have Formed On Mount Kinabalu!
And you thought your office was cold...
Sabah is experiencing cold weather thanks to the annual high-pressure cold wind from Siberia. It's so cold that ice sheets were spotted on Mount Kinabalu near Low's Peak recently!
A rare but natural phenomenon, ice formation has developed due to the colder than usual weather at Mount Kinabalu, which is one of the tallest mountains in Southeast Asia.
According to The Star Online, the surface of the famous Wishing Pool near the summit has frozen and even the morning dew was frozen and fell like "snow".
It was reported that temperatures on the mountain have occasionally gone as low as zero degree Celsius.
Contrary to popular belief, this is not the first time ice was spotted at Mount Kinabalu. In fact, it looks like ice occurrences have become increasingly common in the recent years.
In 2014 and 2015, there were many photos circulating online that showed different parts of the mountain covered in ice, as if it was snowing
The cold weather this year is expected to last until March. So, some fortunate hikers may have the opportunity to witness this amazing phenomenon in the coming weeks.
It is said that February is one of the coldest months in the country due to the northeast monsoon which is expected to end in March.
Fellow hikers need not worry about the unusual weather conditions as it doesn’t disrupt mountain climbing activities, according to Mount Kinabalu Mountain Guides Association president Richard Soibi.
"It has been colder than usual but thankfully the weather has not affected climbing activities on the mountain," he was quoted as saying by The Star.
We'd definitely love to see this for ourselves one day!