Gas prices continue to rise; up seven cents

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While prices at the pump are down from the past week, gas still costs more than it did a year ago.

As a result, the average price in Florida for a gallon of unleaded regular dropped 4 cents since Thursday and averaged $2.64 on Monday. "Despite the recent increases, prices have been rising across the country, so Kansas is still in a good place, with the 15th lowest gas prices in America, 15 cents lower than the national average".

They are still 47 cents higher than a year ago.

Gas prices in Kansas followed a national trend this week, declining for the first time this year. Normally this triggers prices increases ranging from 30 cents to 70 cents, AAA says. That's the annual period when the nation's big gas refineries temporarily cut production as they transition to more-expensive summer gasoline blends.

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"Expect volatility at the pump as these forces collide", he said. Total U.S. gasoline inventories built by 3.4 million bbl to total 245.5 million bbl, which sits about 1.4 million bbl above the five-year average.

Meanwhile, average gas prices in South Florida remained higher than in the overall state on Monday, though as usual, they varied widely throughout the area. The website credits significant swings in the stock market and oil prices falling below $60 a barrel.

AAA Michigan surveys daily fuel prices at 2,800 gas stations across the state. "These factors have opened the door for perhaps a brief window of relief at the pump that may last for several weeks". In addition, GasBuddy.com is reporting the most cheap gas in the county is $2.25 on Peachtree Industrial Blvd in Peachtree Corners and along Stone Mountain Hwy in Snellville.

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