Gas prices are relatively flat this week, with Palm Beach County’s average for a gallon of regular down a penny to $2.31 a gallon from last Monday.
Florida’s average dipped to $2.18 from $2.20 last Monday, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report.
Despite that, gas prices hit their highest average since October. The national average has remained above $2 a gallon for 53 consecutive days, AAA said.
“Motorists are seeing some of the highest prices at the pump of the year,” said AAA spokesman Josh Carrasco. “Even though prices are up nearly 50 cents from this year’s low, drivers are on pace to see the lowest summer gas prices in over a decade.
“Volatility in both gas and oil prices are expected in the short term, but barring any unforeseen price spikes or fuel shortages, gas prices should peak within the next month or two, like they did last year,” Carrasco said.
Lower gasoline prices are contributing to drivers taking to the roads at record levels, and the 2016 summer driving season is expected to rival 2007 when gasoline demand hit at all-time high, AAA said.
Gasoline demand reached its fourth-highest weekly estimate for 2016 and remains well above year-over-year levels.