It was a long weekend more typical of late summer. People packed Crystal Crescent Beach, took bike rides in shorts and t-shirts and had picnics in the grass…except this was the Remembrance Day long weekend in Nova Scotia.

Temperatures reached a record-breaking 16 degrees on the holiday Monday, and are expected to reach 16 degrees again Tuesday. The previous record for Nov. 12 was set in 1995.

“If we’re not going to set a new record, we’re certainly close to record territory,” said News 95.7 meteorologist Richard Zurawski.

A strong low-pressure system north of Quebec and the Hudson Bay region is being credited for the warmth as it draws in mild, warm gulf air from the southwest.

But after today, conditions are expected to revert back to more typical fall weather.

“All things are going to change and temperatures are going to plummet, probably going from 16 degrees to just above the freezing mark for the overnight low temperatures,” Zurawski said. “It’s going to get a little on the wet side as well. We’re looking at rain and gusty winds as that low-pressure system moves through.”

The Maritimes is expecting highs around eight and 10 degrees and lows around the freezing mark, with no snow in sight for the next two weeks or so.

The warm climes here are in stark contrast to Environment Canada’s prediction for central Canada.

Quebec and Ontario are expecting colder temperatures, while the prairies could get a blizzard.

“If El Nino persists, it’s probably going to be a continuation of the snowy pattern for eastern Canada, and for eastern Canada these swings in weather – very cold, very warm, ” said True North Weather Consulting director Beverly Archibald told the Canadian Press.

Archibald said the weather is not that unusual.

“We’ve seen that in Eastern Canada with the Frankenstorm and the events of this last weekend, compounding that idea that boy the weather has been unusual. But I think we’ll look back and say this was a typical El Nino winter,” she said.