Report: Gas prices expected to rise

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tucsoncontinues to pump the cheapest gas in the state, but AAA Arizona officials say driversmay see a price hike soon.

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

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

"Giventhe recent spike in oil prices, it's only a matter of time before Arizona fuelprices change direction,"Gorman said. "This couldn't come at a worsetime 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 $3.698per gallon, up from $3.275 in 2012.

SouthCarolina fuel averages $3.190, the cheapest in the nation, and California remainsthe most expensive at $3.982 per gallon.

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