The gas-price party appears to be over for now.
Prices at the pump last week rose 12 cents a gallon, settling in at $1.99, according to a survey of nearly 1,700 stations in the Miami area by GasBuddy.com. That increase is about the same as the national average over the same time span.
“The cheapest gas prices of the year are now solidly behind us,” said Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.
Even with the rising prices, Miami drivers are still paying 54 cents a gallon less than they were at this time a year ago.
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In Florida, the average prices over the past week rose from $1.84 to $1.91, according to AAA. The national average is $1.93.
“Gas prices continue on an upward trend, which is normal for this time of year,” said AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins. “More motorists are hitting the road for spring vacations, increasing the demand for gasoline, while the supply has begun falling due to refinery maintenance season.”