Gas prices rose across Florida in the past week, according to a new report from AAA.
On Sunday, a gallon of gas in the Sunshine State cost an average of $2.41, up from $2.33 at the start of last week. Across the nation, the average gallon of gas cost $2.47 on Sunday.
Noting the prices at the pump in Florida have dropped a penny since Wednesday, Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA and the Auto Club Group, said Floridians should expect more volatility.
“Although gas prices are declining again, drivers should expect continued volatility at the pump in the coming months,” said Jenkins on Monday. “Refineries are entering spring maintenance season, where they conduct seasonal maintenance and switch to a more expensive summer gasoline – as required by the EPA. This work can lead to reduced refinery output at a time when driving demand increases for spring break. In recent years, the imbalance of springtime supply and demand led to price hikes of 20-60 cents, which was spread out over the course of a few months.”
West Palm Beach had the most expensive gas in Florida with an average of $2.54 a gallon followed by Miami and Gainesville which both saw an average of $2.45 a gallon.
Pensacola had the least expensive gas in the state with an average of $2.33 a gallon followed by both Orlando and the Crestview-Fort Walton Beach area at $2.37 a gallon and the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area at $2.38 a gallon.