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As gas prices hit highest mark since 2014, Virginians are feeling it in their wallet

The price of a gallon of gasoline has been on the rise in Greater Williamsburg since Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and Louisiana's oil operations. (Steve Roberts, Jr./WYDaily)
A Williamsburg gas station, seen here in August. (Steve Roberts, Jr./WYDaily)

Many Virginia drivers have noticed a spike in gas prices this April, and it looks like that trend isn’t going to change.

April has ended as the most expensive month for gas since 2014, averaging at approximately $2.62 per gallon, according to AAA Tidewater.

Historically, both state and national averages are at the highest price since 2014, when the national gas price peaked at $3.70. Since then, the price of gas in Virginia has decreased, but now AAA expects current prices to continue to rise.

“Motorists have been spoiled the past few years with inexpensive gas prices,” said Georjeane Blumling, spokesperson for AAA Tidewater Virginia. “We expect prices to continue increasing, potentially another 10 cents, through Memorial Day and then will likely stabilize during the summer, with the understanding that if demand spikes, prices are likely to follow.”

In Hampton Roads, today’s price is $2.63, which is six cent more than last week and 45 cents more than last year. While this is still a high in Virginia, it beats the national average price of $2.81 — also the highest national price since 2014.

For Virginia residents, it seems like as summer temperatures rise, so will the number at the gas pump. More information about the current gas prices can be found on AAA’s mobile app.

Alexa Doironhttp://wydaily.com
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at alexa@localvoicemedia.com.

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