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The Meuse region stretches north to south along the middle Meuse valley, over the limestone plateaux of Lorraine.
To the West, it extends over the Champagne region: damp, wooded and dominated by the Argonne forest, which is bisected by the Aire.
To the south-west of the département, the northern part of the humid Champagne area extends as far as the Côtes des Bars. These plateaux are partly drained by the Ornain and the Saulx, whose valleys are cultivated.
In the centre, the Meuse valley cuts through the limestone plateaux. The Hauts de Meuse (412m) mark the end of these plateaux to the east, giving way to the clayey plains of the Woëvre.
Their north-south orientation makes Argonne and the Côtes de Meuse a primary barrier to the oceanic air masses that have crossed the Paris Basin, and this forced ascent results in a rise in rainfall.
The Meuse is a humid département, but also fairly cold.
Its sunshine is estimated to be around 1,700 hours/year.