Average gas price hits $5 per gallon in areas of Florida

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The average price of regular unleaded gasoline is now over $5 per gallon in parts of Florida.

Statewide, gas prices hit another record high Monday, averaging $4.89 per gallon.

According to the AAA Auto Club, Florida gas prices increased another 13 cents last week.

The cost of fuel is now up 42 cents in the past month and $1.92 per gallon higher than one year ago.

Monday’s national average price for a gallon of gas is $5.01.

AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said drivers shouldn’t expect prices to go down anytime soon.

“We just don’t know what the next month holds, let alone what things are going to be like next week,” he said. “So, the fuel market is extremely unstable right now. It’s very volatile.”

The highest price of fuel in Florida is currently found in the West Palm Beach area, at five dollars and two cents per gallon.

The price in Alachua County and many other Florida counties is hovering just below five dollars.

The least expensive fuel is being purchased in the Panhandle communities of Fort Walton Beach and Pensacola.

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