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Gas prices just took a big leap — and here’s why

Gas prices in South Florida jumped 9.6 cents in the past week.
Gas prices in South Florida jumped 9.6 cents in the past week.

Gas prices jumped by 9.6 cents in the Miami area over the past week, costing drivers an average of $2.28 a gallon on Sunday, according to a survey of area stations by GasBuddy.com.

Across the country, prices went up about 8 cents to $2.22 a gallon.

And more increases are on the way.

“While we may not see as such a sharp rise this week, we aren’t out of the woods just yet,” said Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.

DeHaan said gas prices could continue to rise until Memorial Day at the end of May.

Gas prices could rise another 8 to 10 cents this week, said AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins.

He said the increases are in line with seasonal and industry trends in oil pricing, as well as a greater demand for gas by drivers.

Despite the trend, prices are 39 cents lower than a year ago and $1.48 lower than two years ago, according to AAA.

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