Gas prices continued to increase across Florida in the past week as the average gallon of gas rose 14 cents last week.
On Monday morning, AAA announced that the average gallon of gas in the Sunshine State cost $2.48 on Sunday, the highest so far this year. Prices in Florida are higher than the national average which stood at $2.43 a gallon. At this time last year, Floridians paid $2.54 a gallon.
Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA and the Auto Club Group, said Floridians should expect higher prices this spring but noted he did not expect them to exceed $2.75 a gallon.
“Florida motorists will be happy to get a break from rising prices, but that springtime bounce is far from finished,” Jenkins said. “Normal spring factors like rising demand, refinery maintenance, and the introduction of summer-blend gasoline should keep upward pressure on pump prices for the next couple of months. Gas prices generally reach their annual peak by Memorial Day, unless a hurricane or refinery outage threatens supplies. AAA forecasts prices will peak at around $2.75 before summer.”
The West Palm Beach-Boca Raton area had the most expensive gas in the state at $2.57 a gallon followed by Ocala and Homosassa Springs which each saw an average of $2.51 a gallon.
After Hurricane Michael hit in October, gas prices in the Panhandle increased and stayed high in some markets, including the Panama City area. But prices are dropping there with Pensacola seeing the least expensive gas in the state at $2.33 a gallon followed by the Crestview-Fort Walton Beach area at $2.36 a gallon and Panama City at $2.38 a gallon.