Gas prices in Florida this summer continue to ebb and flow with a drop of five cents over the past week.

According to a study from AAA released on Monday, the average gallon gas in the Sunshine State cost $2.75 on Sunday, below the national average of $2.84 per gallon but still 55 cents higher than this time last year. Last year, the national average was 56 cents lower than it is now.

In the past month, the average gas price has risen 3.5 cents in Florida while the national average for a gallon of gas has dropped 2 cents.

Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA and the Auto Club Group, said prices across the nation are starting to dip due to a slight drop in oil prices though he warned that drivers should continue to expect to see some volatility when it comes to gas prices.

“Oil prices averaged $3-$5 less than the previous three weeks, allowing gas prices to lose value,” Jenkins said on Monday. “Although prices are lower, there is still volatility at the pump as gasoline demand remains high during the summer driving season and global supply concerns persist.”

The West Palm Beach-Boca Raton market continues to have the most expensive gas in the Sunshine State with prices averaging $2.86 per gallon on Sunday. For most of the summer, that market has had some of the most expensive gas in the state.  Both the Miami and the Crestview-Fort Walton Beach markets were just behind it with prices averaging $2.82 per gallon.

Punta Gorda has the least expensive gas in the state with prices averaging $2.66 per gallon in that market on Sunday. Two other markets–the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area and Orlando–were next with prices averaging $2.70 per gallon on Sunday. Those areas have generally had some of the least expensive gas in Florida this summer.

 

Kevin Derby can be reached at Kevin.Derby@floridadaily.com.

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