Bangalore is situated in the Deccan Plateau, with an average elevation of 920 m above sea level. Due to its elevation Bangalore enjoys a pleasant and equable climate throughout the year. The highest temperature recorded is 38.9 °C (102.02 °F) on May 22, 1935 and the lowest is 7.8 °C (46.06 °F) in 1884. Winter temperatures rarely drop below 12 °C (54 ° F) and summer temperatures seldom exceed 38 °C (100 °F).
Bangalore receives about 900 mm of rain anually, the wettest months being September, October and May in that order. The summer heat is moderated by fairly frequent thunderstorms and occasional squalls cause power outages and local flooding. The heaviest rainfall recorded in a 24 hour period is 179.7 mm recorded on October 1, 1997. Most of the rainfall occurs during late afternoon/evening or night and rain before noon is infrequent.
A popular belief amongst Bangaloreans is that Bangalore's climate is no longer as pleasant as it used to be. This is attributed this to the city's rapid expansion over the past many years. However climatic records provide no evidence to support the claim.
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