Gas Prices on Rise as Schools Resume

Gas Prices on Rise as Schools Resume

The latest GasBuddy.com survey of ME gas stations shows the average price of gas went up 4.7 cents last week to $2.34 a gallon.

A year ago, the average price in Rhode Island was 8 cents lower at $2.20 per gallon.

Florida's average price was $2.29 a gallon on Monday compared to $2.20 a week ago. Prices are above $2.25 at 53 percent of USA gas stations.

Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA, states, "Gas prices leveled out over the weekend, but should climb again this week".

The prices in Miami on Sunday were 4.2 cents per gallon higher than the same date a year ago.

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Prices rose about 12 cents in the past week in the Bradenton-Sarasota area, and heavy demand will continue to push costs upward, according to AAA's weekly update.

Only a few gas bargains could still be found across South Florida on Monday even as most retailers were pumping up prices.

Meanwhile, GasBuddy.com's gas price heat map showed that while a majority of tricounty retailers had hiked prices well above $2.20, prices at a few stations still hadn't caught up. Areas in California and their current gas price climate: Stockton- $2.82/g, flat from last week's $2.81/g. "August will likely feature the summer's highest gasoline prices", he said.

"Watch for some volatility in oil and gasoline prices in the weeks ahead", GasBuddy.com senior petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan said.

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