Sep 4, 2013 at 9:25 am
ST. CLOUD (KNSI) - As summer comes to a close, a new report shows this season to be the third most expensive on record when it comes to gas prices.
Across the nation, motorists paid an average of $3.58 per gallon, only behind $3.95 in 2008 and $3.65 in 2011.
Gail Weinhozler with AAA Minnesota told KNSI News even though people steered away from large amounts of early summer travel, including Memorial Day and July 4, the number of drivers jumped as the season went on.
Weinholzer says, during the second half of the summer, civil unrest in Egypt, Libya and the middle east influenced crude oil prices worldwide, driving August's gas prices up to an average of $3.57 a gallon.
While those numbers appear high, Weinholzer says they're actually lower than those in years past. According to AAA's statistics, Wednesday's $3.63 average in Minnesota is about 20 cents lower than the cost at this time last year.
Weinholzer says the fall season will likely be "mixed;" she says, while we haven't experienced any hurricanes in the gulf region, the current crisis in Syria, and a yet unknown US response, could drive prices up once more.
Currently, no states in the continental US are paying more than $4 a gallon for gas. Connecticut tops the list with an average price of $3.94. The lowest prices in the nation are found in South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Arizona and Virginia.
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