Pittsburgh drivers paying more at the pump

As the temperatures rise, often gas prices do, too.

Pittsburgh-area drivers saw the average price of a gallon of regular go up 5.5 cents in the past week, to hit $2.72 a gallon, according to price tracking website GasBuddy, which surveys about 700 gas stations in the region daily.

Nationally, gas prices rose 1 cent over the past week to hit $2.42 per gallon.

"Gasoline prices saw another weekly lift, yet have begun to slow their ascent in recent days," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com in a Monday morning’s announcement. "Since mid-February, average gasoline prices have risen 17 cents — a far cry from the 41-cent gain during the same time a year ago.”

Mr. DeHaan said he would be surprised to see the national average rise much more since refiners have already made the switch to summer blends and U.S. oil production numbers are up.

Pittsburgh-area gas prices on Sunday were 42.5 cents higher than the same day a year earlier and up 20.6 cents from a month ago, the website reported. National prices are up 13 cents in the last month and up 28 cents from a year ago.

In 2014, Pittsburgh drivers were paying $3.73 per gallon at this time of year, while in 2012 the average hit $3.92 per gallon.

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