Syria conflict expected to bump up gas prices 15 cents

The conflict in Syria is expected to make gas more exensive this week. State prices were $2.63 per gallon Monday, while Tampa Bay gas was $2.53 per gallon. Pictured are 
gas prices at the Exxon gas station on the corner of 1st Ave. N and 31st St. in St. Petersburg Jan. 3. | [DIRK SHADD   |   Times, 2018]
The conflict in Syria is expected to make gas more exensive this week. State prices were $2.63 per gallon Monday, while Tampa Bay gas was $2.53 per gallon. Pictured are gas prices at the Exxon gas station on the corner of 1st Ave. N and 31st St. in St. Petersburg Jan. 3. | [DIRK SHADD | Times, 2018]
Published April 16
Updated April 16

The conflict in Syria is about to hit motoristsí wallets. Prices at the pump are expected to rise sharply because of recent geopolitical activity in the Middle East.

State prices were $2.63 per gallon Monday, up two cents over the week. Tampa Bay gas was $2.53 per gallon Monday, down one cent from a week ago, according to AAA, The Auto Club Group.

"Motorists should expect a 15-cent increase at the pump in the short term," Mark Jenkins, spokesperson for AAA, said. "However, prices could rise even more, depending on how the crude market responds to the latest news of a U.S. missile strike over the weekend."

Nationally, gas hit $2.71 per gallon Monday, the highest average since 2015. Crude oil prices are also up about $5 over the week to $67.39 per barrel, the largest jump over the past eight months.

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