"Expensive crude oil prices, unrest in the Middle East and strong domestic demand, are some of the factors driving spring gas prices toward new heights", said Charlotte-based Carolinas AAA spokesperson Tiffany Wright.
Including the change in gas prices in Honolulu during the past week, prices on April 14 were 51.9 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 9.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.
"Motorists should expect a 15-cent increase at the pump in the short term", AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said in a statement. That's a 14% jump, up from $2.41 a gallon previous year.
Tennessee, TN, April 16- Average retail gasoline prices in Tennessee have risen 6.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.52/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 3,821 gas outlets in Tennessee.
Baton Rouge residents still pay a lot less than their national counterparts who on average paid $2.71 per gallon last week.
San Francisco - $3.65/g, up 3.1 cents per gallon from last week's $3.62/g.
GasBuddy.com said the average gas price in Baton Rouge on Sunday was $2.38 per gallon. The highest was about $2.80 per gallon in the Ann Arbor area.
"There is tremendous volatility in the oil and gasoline market", AAA spokeswoman Jeanette Casselano said. AAA said crude is climbing due to the potential of US sanctions against Syria's sponsors, Russian Federation and Iran. Syria itself has not exported oil since civil war broke out in 2011. And the prices are only going to go higher, experts say.
Seasonal factors in the US also are in play now, said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.
"That could be very close to what we expect this time around", DeHaan said.
DeHaan said refinery maintenance has gone well so far, gasoline supply has continued to increase and the transition to summer gasoline supplies is nearly finished.
DeHaan added that the usual annual peak for gas prices has been around mid-May, and that refinery maintenance and the annual switch to summer fuel blends has gone according to schedule, while inventory is rising, giving fewer reasons for prices to rise.