Malaysia is located close to the equator and the chances of seeing snow in Malaysia is almost zilch.
On 28 February, it was like a miracle for the climbers on Mount Kinabalu who saw snow falling over their heads at the tallest peak in South East Asia.
One of the witnesses of the phenomenon was a Via Ferrata trainer, Hajiri Sulumin, who recorded a video that went viral on social media.
In the video, he can be heard saying, “Salji turun! Salji turun! Opurak!” (Snow is falling! Snow is falling! It is white!)
Hajiri also said the view was beautiful and the snow was while, similar to snowfall in western countries.
According to The Borneo Post, it was reported that Hajiri was waiting for climbers at the Sayat-Sayat hut at about 7.18 am when the snow began to fall.
Although this phenomenon was uncommon on the mountain, it has been seen back in 1975 and 1993.
Meanwhile, Sabah Parks Manager Justinus Guntabid said the average temperature at the Panalaban base camp was between 6.9 Celsius and 12.3 Celcius from 2 am to 10 am on 28 February.
“But today, it is colder than other days, and so it may be even colder up there. Those who witnessed the snow can consider themselves lucky,” he said.
According to Sabah Meteorology Department director, Amirzudi Hashim, he said that it is uncommon for snow or frost to form at high altitude places such as Mt Kinabalu.
However, he said there is a chance of this happening when the temperature drops to zero Celcius or lower and with the right humidity level.