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Kiss under $2 a gallon goodbye as gas prices continue to climb

Gas and oil prices are on the rise, just in time for road trip season.
Gas and oil prices are on the rise, just in time for road trip season. AAA

Well, it’s over. For now.

Finding gas for under $2 a gallon will be much harder to come by this week in the Miami area as the average price rises to $2.06, according to GasBuddy, a price aggregation site.

The steady climb (29 cents statewide in 20 days) of fuel prices is thanks to a jump in oil prices, as well as increased demand and the beginning of seasonal maintenance for some refineries.

"It may not get any cheaper anytime soon,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA. “Prices,” he said, “could rise a total of 30-50 cents by Memorial Day weekend."

That would put a gallon at nearly the same price drivers saw at the pump one year ago.

"With the U.S. average price of gas closing in on the $2 level, a price not seen since late December, it reflects a real paradox; we see simultaneously both a stark increase — 25 cents per gallon in the past few weeks — and a reminder of how much we're still saving," said Gregg Laskoski, senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy.

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