Gas prices are on the rise across the country. According to AAA, The Auto Club Group, the national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded rose by seven cents over the past week. Sunday’s average of $2.39 is the highest since September 2015.
AAA Spokesman Mark Jenkins states, “This is the type of volatility we’ve come to expect this time of year. The major factors weighing on the market right now are supply and demand. People are beginning to drive more as the weather improves, causing an uptick in demand and a decline in gasoline inventories. Also, many refineries have begun producing and selling summer-blend fuels which are more expensive to produce. AAA forecasts the national average to peak around $2.70 this summer.”
Also over the past seven days, gas prices rose by six cents in Georgia. The state’s average price of $2.27 is the highest since October 2016.
State averages in the Southeast: Alabama at $2.13, Tennessee $2.14, South Carolina $2.10 and $2.42 in Florida.