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China is all set to build the world’s highest weather station at an altitude of 5,300 metres on Mount Everest, state media reported today.
The unmanned station will be completed within a year and will record temperature, humidity, air pressure, rainfall and wind speed, said Wang—Jianshe, from the Tibet Weather Bureau in Lhasa.
The unpredictable weather on Everest, the world’s highest peak, is currently monitored by a meteorological station 90 km away, raising the possibility of errors in forecasting for the mountain. Temporary stations would be set up on climbing expeditions to supply more precise data.