Report: Gas prices expected to rise - Tucson News Now

Report: Gas prices expected to rise

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson continues to pump the cheapest gas in the state, but AAA Arizona officials say drivers may see a price hike soon.

Crude oil has exceeded $100 per barrel for the first time since May, according to Linda Gorman, AAA Arizona's director of communications and public affairs.

While the statewide average dropped nearly one cent per gallon in the past week, the national average jumped to $3.518 per gallon, a more than four-cent increase.

"Given the recent spike in oil prices, it's only a matter of time before Arizona fuel prices change direction,"Gorman said. "This couldn't come at a worse time for drivers, as we are in the peak of the summer travel season."

As of July 11, Tucson gas prices average at $3.235 per gallon, compared to $3.275 this time last year. Flagstaff holds the highest state fuel average at $3.698 per gallon, up from $3.275 in 2012.

South Carolina fuel averages $3.190, the cheapest in the nation, and California remains the most expensive at $3.982 per gallon.

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