Gas prices spring higher and higher

Published 7:35 pm Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Things are heating up as spring rolls into Virginia rising temperatures and gas prices, and the same trend is happening nationwide.

According to a Monday press release by AAA Tidewater Virginia, the national gas price average was at $2.61. That’s five cents more compared to the week before, nine cents more than the previous months and 33 cents more compared to the same time last year.

Idaho, Utah, Delaware, New Mexico, South Carolina and Maryland have all seen gas prices rise by double-digits, according to AAA Tidewater Virginia, but Virginia has actually been more forgiving by comparison.

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“While some states are seeing double-digit increases, Virginia is one of the more fortunate states that are still in the single digits with a nine-cent increase from last week and a current average at $2.43,” per the press release.

But Hampton Roads is one part of Virginia feeling the burn. The average in Hampton Roads on Monday was $2.47, a 12-cent increase compared to last week and 19 cents more than last month.

Gasbuddy.com registered the average price for regular gas in Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Newport News at about $2.48 on Wednesday, an increase of about 11 cents from the week before and 19 cents from the previous month.

“Right now we are seeing the market starting to purge winter-blend gasoline to make room for summer-blend,” AAA Spokesperson Georjeane Blumling stated in the press release. “The jump in gas prices is just the beginning for the season AAA forecasts that gas prices will continue to rise.”

Gas prices are rising as families fill up their cars to get on with their summer travel plans. A recent AAA survey revealed that roughly 88 million Americans plan to take family vacations this year.

“For families staying stateside, expensive gas prices – the highest prices seen since 2014 – are not stopping vacation planners from packing up their cars for a road trip,” according to the press release. “They remain the most popular option for family vacations, with nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of those planning a trip expected to hit the roads.”

Gas prices on Wednesday at Suffolk pumps ranged from $2.39 to $2.49 per gallon at pumps across the City of Suffolk, according to Gasbuddy.com.