While gas prices in Florida dropped an average of four cents in the past week, AAA warned they could be back to $2.75 a gallon later this week thanks to recent gains in wholesale gasoline.
AAA released a study on Monday which found the average gallon of gas in Florida cost $2.71 on Sunday, down four cents in the past week but still nine cents higher than this time last year. The national average stood at $2.74 a gallon on Sunday.
Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA weighed in on the report on Monday.
“Florida drivers got a break from rising gas prices last week, but there could be a small uptick in the coming days,” said Jenkins. “Rising demand and refinery issues are keeping upward pressure on gas prices. It could be another couple of weeks before refineries return to full strength, and pump prices level out.”
The West Palm Beach-Boca Raton area had the most expensive gas in Florida with prices averaging $2.82 a gallon followed by Naples at $2.77 a gallon and Gainesville at $2.76 a gallon.
Pensacola had the least expensive gas in Florida with prices averaging $2.65 a gallon, followed by the Melbourne-Titusville area and Punta Gorda which both saw an average of $2.66 a gallon.