Florida gas prices declined slightly over the past week after hitting a seven-year high on June 11.
After experiencing an average price of $2.97 per gallon, the highest since November 2014, Floridians saw a three cent dip in gas prices. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), the Sunshine State posted an average of $2.94 per gallon. Florida’s average price per gallon still sits below the national average which is north of $3.
Despite the recent jump at the pump being driven by rising crude oil prices, AAA noted that the relief comes as the Southeastern part of the country braces for Claudette, which strengthened to become a tropical storm again on Monday.
“Florida drivers got a break from rising gas prices last week, and it appears that trend could continue this week,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Although crude oil prices notched another small weekly gain, wholesale gasoline prices declined. Market speculators believe Tropical Depression Claudette will cause reduced gasoline demand in the Southeastern U.S., as residents stay off the road during the storm. It’s possible that gas prices decline another few pennies this week, as a result.”
Motorists looking to travel around the state will find the highest price per gallon in the Panhandle and across parts of South Florida. West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($3.07), Panama City ($3.06), and Tallahassee ($3.02) posted the highest gas prices in the state. The lowest prices were reported in Punta Gorda ($2.85), Orlando ($2.89), The Villages ($2.90).
A full breakdown of gas prices across the state can be seen here.