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SC gas prices up 7.6 cents in last week

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) – Gas prices are climbing back up as refineries switch over to their more expensive summer blends.

In South Carolina, average prices have risen by 7.6 cents in the last week to an average of $3.41 per gallon, according to Nationally, prices rose 3.4 cents to an average price of $3.59 per gallon.

"The national average has zoomed higher in the last week, regaining some upward momentum and bringing us to the highest national average so far this year," said Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan.

Including the change in gas prices in South Carolina during the past week, prices yesterday were 12.9 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 21.4 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

The national average has increased 9.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 7.2 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

"As we get very near the final shift to summer spec gasoline, we're seeing prices continue to creep higher in many communities across the country. GasBuddy last week released a forecast for what motorists should expect this summer, and to summarize, we expect prices nationally between April and September to average out to $3.52/gal, which would be slightly under the same period last year," DeHaan said.

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