As July comes to end, gas prices continue to climb in Florida but they remain slightly below the national average.
On Monday, AAA released a new study on gas prices across the Sunshine State. According to AAA’s report, gas prices in Florida stood at $2.29 per gallon Sunday. That’s an increase of 8 cents from last week and is slightly below the national average of $2.31 per gallon, an increase of 3 cents from last week. At this time last year, gas prices in Florida averaged $2.18 per gallon and the national average stood at $2.15 per gallon.
Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA and the Auto Club Group, said that motorists should expect higher prices in the days to come as crude oil prices are higher than they have been in two months and Middle Eastern nations reduce the supply in August.
"Gas prices leveled out over the weekend, but should climb again this week," Jenkins said on Monday. "Strong demand and another round of supply draws pushed the price of crude to its highest point in nine weeks, and that trend is expected to continue this week. Gas prices should rise 5-10 cents this week, but remain below this year's highs, set earlier this year."
The West Palm Beach-Boca Raton market has the most expensive gas in the Sunshine State at $2.37 per gallon, followed by Gainesville and Miami where gas stands at $2.30 per gallon. Pensacola has the cheapest gas in Florida at $2.24 per gallon followed by Tallahassee at $2.25 and the Fort Myers-Cape Coral market at $2.27.
So far in 2017, average gas prices in Florida have swung from a high of $2.47 per gallon in April to a low of $2.13 per gallon two weeks ago. Nationally, the highest average was $2.42 per gallon back in April while the lowest was $2.23 per gallon at the start of this month.