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The national average is now $2.39 per gallon, up 5.7 cents from last week. Its average of $2.09 marks a 7-cent rise from last week, and 25 cents higher than a year ago.

NY state's average gas price on Sunday was 3.5 cents higher than a month ago and 28, .8 cents higher than a year ago, according to GasBuddy. Demand is 3 percent higher than this time past year.

The most common price across the country is $2.399, with the highest 5% of stations charging an average of $3.151 and the lowest 5% of stations charging $2.055.

In Hampton Roads, the average price is $2.18 per gallon.

Oil prices also received a temporary boost on Friday, following the USA launch of cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield base, AAA said. As more companies move to summer-blend gasoline, which is more expensive, prices may continue to climb. AAA expects prices to peak at $2.70 a gallon by summer - 70 cents higher than last summer. Chicago-area gas prices went up 10 cents to $2.64 per gallon. Last year's average this time of year was $1.95.

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If you're living in the Western United States, home to six of the most expensive states for gasoline, you're probably eyeing this year's national average with envy. Oakland- $2.98/g, flat from last week's $2.98/g.

West Coast gas prices continue to prove the highest in the country, with six states in the region topping the list of most expensive USA markets: Hawaii ($3.04), California ($2.99), Washington ($2.89), Alaska ($2.88), OR ($2.75) and Nevada ($2.67).

Primary factors contributing to increased crude oil prices include the seasonal uptick of driving demand, continued uncertainty around an extension of OPEC production cuts and increased USA production. Friday's daily settlement of $52.24/b is the highest since March 7, AAA reports. And Delaware's $2.28 is up 35.6 cents from past year.

But oil remains far below its mid-2014 highs. Prices will only become volatile if "something large disrupts the flow of oil somewhere and oil prices and thus gas prices rise proportionally". A barrel of crude oil now is selling for $50, or $1.46 more than a week ago.


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