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Gas prices just jumped 14 cents. Will the trend continue?

Gas prices jumped last week in Florida and the Miami area.
Gas prices jumped last week in Florida and the Miami area.

Gas prices are moving on up.

In Florida last week, the average price per gallon surged 14 cents. In the Miami area, prices were up nearly 6 cents.

What’s happening?

"Gas prices are responding to upward pressure from higher oil prices, refinery issues, and the threat of tropical weather moving into the Gulf of Mexico," said AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins. "Fuel prices are likely to remain relatively volatile this week, but that's unlikely to be a major deterrent for travelers heading into Labor Day weekend."

Gas prices in the Miami area averaging $2.30 a gallon, higher than the $2,21 national average and $2.222 average in Florida, according to AAA and a GasBuddy.com survey of nearly 1,700 stations.

Despite the increase, prices are about 14 cents lower than they were a year ago.

"While the final note may be a bit sour, the sweetness of what is still the cheapest summer gas in a decade will linger,” Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.

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