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 past year.
The bump in gas prices means that those driving long distances for Thanksgiving, just a week and a half away, will face higher costs to do so.
"Our usual autumn pump price plunge was interrupted by rising oil prices", said Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA. Gas prices in Florida have risen an average of 13 cents in the last week - the highest such increase in the nation. The most expensive gas in Florida on Monday was $2.64 in the West Palm Beach-Boca Raton area.
Numerous other stations were selling gas at prices that ranged from $2.29 to $2.43 per gallon.
Isn't it interesting that gas prices never fall that fast following steep oil-price declines? Pensacola saw the lowest average price at $2.48 per gallon. "However, while November gas prices have come in like a lion, AAA expects them to go out like a lamb".
Jenkins said oil prices will continue to be an issue this week even if prices stay about even. AAA said a barrel of WTI oil cost $57.35 - its highest daily level in more than two years - Monday. "Fortunately, domestic oil supply and production made solid gains".
States with the lowest average gas prices: MS ($2.26), Alabama ($2.26), SC ($2.29), Arkansas ($2.31), Louisiana ($2.31), Texas ($2.31), Tennessee ($2.31), Virginia ($2.34), Missouri ($2.35) and Oklahoma ($2.35).
Typically, gasoline prices are lower in the winter compared to summer.
"Increasing crude oil prices nearly always lead to higher prices at the pump", Jenkins added.