Does cold weather make arthritis worse

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Maybe, cold weather might directly or indirectly make joints hurt

There's a lot to love about winter; breathing crisp air, sipping hot chocolates and rugging up in thick coats and scarves. But stiff and sore joints can be a distinct down side to the cooler months; and there are plenty of people with arthritis who believe cold weather makes their condition worse.

In fact, many sufferers swear blind they can even predict a drop in mercury simply by the increase in swelling and pain in their joints.

But is there any truth to this notion that stiff and sore joints flare up when temperatures fall? And if so, what's causing it?