Spring effect: Palm Beach County’s gasoline average up 6 cents in the last week

Consumers have probably noticed higher gasoline prices.

Consumers have probably noticed higher gasoline prices.

The spring run-up in gasoline prices has begun in Palm Beach County, as the average for a gallon  of regular shot up 6 cents to $2.51 on Monday, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report.

Last Monday the county’s average for regular grade was $2.45 a  gallon.

Florida’s average rose to $2.28 Monday from $2.27 a week ago.

Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com.”Gasoline prices are starting to pick up steam as a majority of states see their average rise over last week, a function of the season’s theatrics coming into view: refinery maintenance and the transition to cleaner gasoline pumping up prices.

“Some states gas prices may slightly lag the upward trend being seen in 38 states as remaining winter gasoline inventories are purged. However, as we grow closer to Baseball’s Opening Day, the nation’s motorists will be more likely to strikeout when trying to find $1.99 gas prices, which remain at just 8,000 stations across just handful of states.  In a sign of what’s to come in some of the nation’s largest cities, motorists in Southern California have become the first in the lower 48 states to see the ugly “3” showing up on gas station displays at street level,” DeHaan said.

Gasoline prices typically rise in the spring as refineries switch from winter fuel blends to more expensive summer fuel blends.

 

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