Sunshine state gas prices are up slightly, but likely headed down

According to AAA, Florida gas prices rose three cents over the week, while Tampa Bay prices increased five cents a gallon.
Gas prices are up slightly this week, but AAA, the Auto Club Group, expects them to drop shortly. Pictured is a gas station in St. Petersburg in 2017. [DIRK SHADD | Times (2017)]
Gas prices are up slightly this week, but AAA, the Auto Club Group, expects them to drop shortly. Pictured is a gas station in St. Petersburg in 2017. [DIRK SHADD | Times (2017)]
Published July 22

Sunshine State gas prices are up again, but likely not for long.

According to AAA, the Auto Club Group, Florida gas prices rose three cents over the week, averaging $2.66 a gallon on Monday, while Tampa Bay prices increased five cents over the week to $2.64 per gallon.

"After quickly rising last week, Florida gas prices are already on their way back down," Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA. "Prices at the pump are falling at an average rate of one penny per day. The state average could reach $2.55 a gallon in the next two weeks, unless futures prices quickly change course."

Tropical Storm Barry, AAA said, did not have a significant effect on prices, as Gulf Coast refineries were largely unaffected. Gas prices nationally averaged $2.77 a gallon Monday.

Contact Malena Carollo at mcarollo@tampabay.com or (727) 892-2249. Follow @malenacarollo.

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