Gas prices in the Phoenix metro area and throughout the state of Arizona reportedly spiked overnight, rising around 20 cents throughout the Valley of the Sun, shocking consumers in the morning.
Rising Gas Prices:
Gas prices in Arizona and much of the country have been rising in recent weeks due to seasonal changes, as refineries make the switch from winter to spring and then on to summer. According to Patrick De Haan, the chief analyst with the gas price tracking website GasBuddy, this is not uncommon.
“In Arizona, there are three different types of transitory gasoline and this fragmentation is partially behind the jump in prices,” De Haan said, per ABC15. “Refineries have to go from producing one type of gasoline in the winter to three different types of gasoline in the spring.”
This increase in costs has held true for most years, with 2020 marking the lone exception after demand crashed due to the pandemic.
Prices Around the State:
For now, gas prices around the state are averaging around $4.11 per gallon, while the national average holds at $3.43 per gallon. In all areas of Phoenix prices are now over $4 per gallon, while in Pima County and Tucson, the next biggest consumers, prices are just under $4, although they too saw a noticeable jump from yesterday when prices averaged $3.636.
All pricing data was obtained from AAA, with prices in Arizona and around the country viewable here.
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