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With one day to go, this June has been the 15th wettest in the Metro area, according to the National Weather Service.

A total 5.28 inches of rain has fallen at Metro Detroit Airport as of Monday, ranking this year 15th out of 140 years of record keeping, meteorologists said.

The cause of all the rain? A persistent trough of low pressure over the Great Lakes and Northeastern United States, said Dave Kook, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township.

“That’s been steering the low pressure system through the Ohio Valley through Lake Erie,” he said. “There’s a lot of moisture in the air from the Gulf of Mexico that these low pressure systems have been able to utilize to produce these heavy downpours.”

The month of June isn’t over and additional rainfall could bump this year up in the rankings, he said.

There is a 30 to 40 percent chance of rain Monday and Tuesday with temperatures in the mid-70s, Kook said.

There will be a slight warm up expected during the Independence Day holiday weekend with temperatures reaching 80 degrees Saturday and Sunday.

cwilliams@detroitnews.com

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