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Gas prices shoot up as summer driving season approaches

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Gas prices in the Tri-State shot up nearly 14 cents in the last week as the summer driving season approaches, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 637 gas outlets in Cincinnati.

Refinery maintenance and the seasonal switch to "summer gas" are to blame for rising gas prices, industry experts say.

Cincinnati drivers paid $2.42 per gallon Sunday, which is the national average, though nationally gas prices only rose 1 cent per gallon in the last week,  according to GasBuddy.com.

Those prices locally are 28.6 cents per gallon higher than the same day a year ago and are 25.4 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

The national average rose 13 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 28 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

Some of the lowest gas prices Monday morning are listed at $2.19 per gallon at Costco, 9691 Waterstone Blvd. and at Sam's Club, 9570 Fields Ertel Rd., both in Warren County's Deerfield Township, according to GasBuddy.

Gasoline prices on April 24 in Cincinnati have ranged widely over the last five years, according to the website:

  • $2.14 per gallon in 2016
  • $2.53 per gallon in 2015
  • $3.76 per gallon in 2014
  • $3.63 per gallon in 2013
  •  $3.70 per gallon in 2012

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