Gas prices slipped a cent or two in some places around the country in the past week, but predictions say that won’t last long.
The national average for a gallon of regular gas remained at $2.29, according to AAA’s weekly report. The average fell 1 cent in Florida to $2.26 and 2 cents in Georgia to $2.16.
In the Jacksonville area, the average fell 2 cents to $2.15, but GasBuddy.com reported a dozen stations charging $2.03-$2.06 Monday afternoon.
The most expensive metro markets in Florida, according to AAA, are West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($2.48), Miami ($2.41), and Fort Lauderdale ($2.41). The least expensive are Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater ($2.14), Jacksonville ($2.15), and Orlando ($2.16).
In Georgia, the most expensive areas are Atlanta ($2.19), Savannah ($2.19), and Athens ($2.15). The cheapest: Augusta-Aiken ($2.07), Macon ($2.10), and Albany ($2.12).
Though oil prices are some of their lowest of the year, AAA predicted that routine spring maintenance on Gulf refineries could push prices 25-50 cents higher by June.
Roger Bull: (904) 359-4296