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Gas prices could rise slightly before Thanksgiving

Posted at 1:36 PM, Nov 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-25 22:01:48-05

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- If you're planning to drive during this holiday travel season, grab a little extra gas money.

As of Monday, the average gas price in Florida remains at $2.36, about the same it was a week ago, and down 4 cents in the last month, according to AAA.

But AAA says drivers may see prices rise 5 to 10 cents this week, based on recent increases in the price of wholesale gasoline.

"Even if gas prices do rise this week, a 5-10 cent increase is not likely to cause Floridians to cancel their travel plans," said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA - The Auto Club Group. "If the state average returns to $2.45 per gallon, it'd be the same price motorists paid during last year's holiday. Additionally, it's nearly the same price Floridians paid a month ago - when most people were finalizing their travel plans. However, if the state average remains less than $2.45, Thanksgiving travelers in Florida would be paying the lowest gas prices for the holiday in three years."

Across Southwest Florida, the Punta Gorda area has the lowest average price, at $2.31 a gallon. Fort Myers average $2.33, and Naples averages $2.40.