Drivers in the First State and across the Mid-Atlantic region may be pouting as they head to the pump, with gas prices continuing to rise.
High gasoline demand, tightening supplies and an increase in crude oil prices are fueling the increase according to AAA Mid Atlantic.
In Delaware, the average price for a gallon of regular started the week at $2.48, up seven cents from a week ago and 23-cents in the past month.
Drivers in Philadelphia and South Jersey are also seeing a spike. Prices in the Philly area were up 8-cents over the past seven days while South Jersey saw a 7-cent increase.
Today’s national gas price average is $2.56, which is 3-cents higher than one week ago, 8-cents higher than one month ago and 38-cents higher than this time last year.
AAA Mid-Atlantic says October saw strong demand numbers for gasoline likely, in part, due to consumers taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather. That’s caused supply levels to tighten and gas prices to increase. But AAA doesn’t expect the trend to last, as colder weather arrives and gasoline demand decreases.