Florida drivers might see higher gas prices this week

Crude oil prices jumped 5 percent on concerns that global fuel supplies will not keep pace with recovering demand

Special to the Northwest Florida Daily News/USA TODAY NETWORK

TAMPA — Florida gas prices face upward pressure this week after optimism about rising global fuel demand sent crude oil prices to multi-year highs. 

The price of crude rose 5% last week. The price for US crude (WTI) settled at $69.62 per barrel on Friday, the highest daily settlement since October 2018. Gasoline futures also increased 3%. 

"Rising crude oil and gasoline futures could drag retail gasoline prices higher this week," said Mark Jenkins, spokesman for the AAA - The Auto Club Group.

Fuel pump.

"Based on the shift in wholesale gasoline prices, Florida's state average may rise a minimum of 5-10 cents this week."

Fuel prices are rising as optimism grows over the reopening of economies around the globe, and how that will promote stronger fuel demand. Meanwhile, market watchers are concerned that fuel supplies will not be able to keep pace.

Over the weekend, Florida gas prices averaged $2.85 per gallon. The state average is nearly 2 cents less than a week ago and 3 cents less than this time last month.

Pump prices remain 6 cents less than the highest price so far this year of $2.91 per gallon, recorded in late March. Visit GasPrices.AAA.com to view daily average gas prices.

Regional Prices

Most expensive metro markets – Panama City ($3.05), West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($2.99), Tallahassee ($2.99)

Least expensive metro markets – Punta Gorda ($2.75), Orlando ($2.78), Tampa-St. Petersburg, Clearwater ($2.79)

Find Florida Gas Prices

Daily gas price averages can be found at Gasprices.aaa.com.

State and metro averages can be found at https://gasprices.aaa.com/?state=FL.

Go to https://gasprices.aaa.com/ to view current gas price averages.

Gas Price Survey Methodology

AAA updates fuel price averages daily at www.GasPrices.AAA.com. Every day up to 130,000 stations are surveyed based on credit card swipes and direct feeds in cooperation with the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) and Wright Express for unmatched statistical reliability. All average retail prices in this report are for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline.

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