Gas prices in the Miami area jumped by almost 6 cents over the past week as gasoline prices rose across the country.
Drivers paid an average of $2.33 per gallon on Monday, according to a survey of area stations by GasBuddy.com.
The national average also rose by about 6 cents to $2.28 per gallon. In Florida, the average price was $2.21, an increase of about 3 cents from a week ago.
Compared to past years, however, drivers are still saving at the gas pump.
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“What we’re seeing is not out of the ordinary,” said Gregg Laskoski, a senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy. “But even with prices rising, we’re still looking at gasoline prices overall that are well below what we paid a year ago.”
Last year, drivers in the Miami area paid an average of 40 cents more per gallon and an average of $1.34 more per gallon in 2014, according to GasBuddy.
Laskoski said the increases are expected due to seasonal and industry gas trends right before Memorial Day, a holiday with some of the heaviest traffic nationwide. Prices will likely rise a few cents as Memorial Day weekend approaches.