FLORIDA — If you're out and about today, you may want to fill up on gas.
- Gas prices likely to rise this week
- Oil, wholesale gas prices surged to highest levels
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According to AAA, gas prices in Florida are likely to rise this week due to oil and wholesale gasoline prices surging to their highest levels since November. AAA said this should drag the average price of gasoline anywhere from 10-20 cents higher in the near future.
"Oil and wholesale gasoline prices made significant gains last week, which will likely lead to higher prices at the pump," said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA - The Auto Club Group. "Prices rose after news that OPEC is making good on its promise to cut production, and reports of refinery issues at multiple plants in the northeast. One of the other key reasons for rising prices right now is refineries entering maintenance season. This is a time of year when refineries do 'spring cleaning' and to prepare for the switch to summer-blend gasoline. The process causes refineries to temporarily go off line, reducing the output of gasoline into the market."
Florida gas prices are averaging around $2.23 per gallon — a discount of 34 cents per gallon compared to this time last year. The highest daily average price so far this year was $2.30 per gallon — set on January 31.
Since then the state average steadily declined for 16 consecutive days, for a total discount of 7 cents. On Sunday, the state average increased fractions of a penny, but larger increases are likely to come, according to AAA.
Click here to see AAA's state and metro gas price averages.
- Most expensive gas price averages: West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($2.36), Panama City ($2.34), Miami ($2.29)
- Least expensive gas price averages: Jacksonville ($2.17), Orlando ($2.18), Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater ($2.18)