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Saint-Étienne is located in the Massif Central, 60 km (37 mi) southwest of Lyon and 100 km (62 mi) east of Marseille. The city sits on a plateau overlooking the confluence between the rivers Loire and Arconne, which are separated by only . The western area of Saint-Étienne consists mainly of old coal mining districts; to its north lies a plateau with many forests that separate it from Mont Pilat. To its south are hills leading to Gorges du Tarn in Tarn et Garonne; these areas have been extensively reforested since their deforestation during coal mining operations. The city is divided into several sections: The climate is oceanic but continental due to an altitude that lowers summer temperatures compared with those found along France's Mediterranean coast or even further west near Bordeaux or Auch for example. Summers tend to be warm but not hot, averaging around 24–25 °C (75–77 °F).