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ICYMI: Five must-read stories of the week (with a May long weekend twist)

Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Friday, May 16, 2014, 7:30 AM - Another week has buzzed by and now it's time to dive deep and bring your attention to the most popular (and bizarre) stories that made headlines this week.

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Since we're all bound to miss a few things during the daily grind, here's this week's edition (with a May long weekend twist) of The Weather Network's In Case You Missed It: Five must-read stories.

5. Golf courses could be closed for the season

Planning on doing some golfing this long weekend? You may need to think again, especially if you're in Ontario.

The Christmas ice storm may seem like a distant memory to some, but for golf owners, the big repairs are happening now.

Experts say many golf courses will look different this year with tarps and temporary greens a common sight. While some clubs are hoping to have everything restored by June, others are contemplating remaining closed for the season as a result of the damage.

Check out Rachel Schoutsen's report on the ice storm damage that's taking a toll on golf courses.

4. Outdoor Report: New feature!

Canadians see this as the unofficial start of summer, and although we won’t always get summery weather in the coming weeks, we are undoubtedly – finally - heading in the right direction. That means many of us will be heading outdoors and connecting with some of our favourite hobbies or trying new ones.

The Weather Network's own outdoor enthusiast Suzanne Leonard has started a great new TV and online feature called the Outdoor Report. Each week she'll explore some of the best of Canada with great places and new ideas. She'll also let you know how to get the latest weather and seasonal information so that you're also prepared.

If you haven't seen her first installment yet, check it out here.

3. Excited for the long weekend? Safety first!

It's often referred to as the "unofficial start of summer" and with the May long weekend upon us, you can bet Canadians are planning to celebrate.

Whether you're heading to the cottage, a campsite or decide to stay closer to home, officials say it's important to keep some safety items in mind.

Check out this handy list that includes everything from driving tips and boating safety to the weather forecast and setting off fireworks safely.

2. Thinking of a road trip for the long weekend?

Going on vacation does not mean you have to leave the country and in most places, you don’t even have to leave the province in order to explore some of the most beautiful Canadian scenes.

A good old fashioned road trip could be exactly what you need this long weekend!

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Krissy Vann, from the Weather Network's 'Beat the Traffic' partner seems to spend a lot of time on the road, or at least with an eye on a road map. She's been systematically showcasing and reviewing the kinds of scenic drives you can find across our country, if you've time and two or four wheels to spare.

Here are her suggestions for the Victoria Day weekend.

And if you're thinking of a road trip in Ontario, here are more ideas that have left visitors coming back for more.

1. No swimming this long weekend

Probably the biggest question on everyone's mind is, "what will the weather be like this weekend?"

Despite being known as the unofficial kick off to summer, unfortunately for several parts of the country, it won't be feeling very summer-like at all.

"There's an absence of summer-like temperatures, for our unofficial start of summer," says Weather Network meteorologist Doug Gillham. "Although we do have some pretty nice weather forecast into southern Quebec and into the Maritimes...Even parts of Newfoundland, which will get up to around 20 degrees."

Most places across the country however, will remain below seasonal and will have a tough time reaching, or even coming close to, the 20 degree mark. "The northwesterly flow of air will bring rather chilly temperatures to the Prairies and Ontario," Gillham says.

That means you likely won't be swimming this weekend, and if you plan on camping or heading to the cottage, be sure to bring plenty of extra warm clothes.

For more information on the weather this weekend as well as a look into the weeks to follow, check out this video with Dr. Doug Gillham.

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