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This is a test which determines the temperature at which a sample of oil starts to become cloudy, when cooled under the specified conditions. It is usually applied to liquid, or semi liquid, oils which are too soft for easy measurement of their melting point. A typical case is that of palm olein which has melting point of 19-24C and cloud point 6-12C. But this cloud point value can be very misleading because it is always much below the temperature at which the oil will become cloudy under normal storage conditions. The melting point gives a much more realistic estimate of clouding tendency in these situations. Super olein has a cloud point of 3-6C, but even that becomes cloudy if held for long at 15C and in the West it has to be blended with one of the fully liquid oils.