NEW CANAAN, Conn. - As temperatures continue to rise, so do gas prices in and around New Canaan, with prices at the pump jumping nearly 20 cents nationally in the last week.
Connecticut's gas prices are among the highest in the nation, with motorists paying an average of $4.01 per regular gallon, compared with the national average of $3.70, according to AAA. The only state in the continental United States paying more is California at $4.04. New York is No. 3 with gas averaging $3.90 per gallon.
The average price in Connecticut was $3.81 per gallon a week ago, $3.80 a month ago and $3.76 a year ago. For a more localized price, AAA reports the average price in Bridgeport is $4.06 per gallon.
Since July 11, the average price of gas has risen 18 cents nationally and is up nine cents from a month ago. Prices are up 28 cents nationally from where they sat a year ago.
Driving the increase at the pump are tensions in the Middle East and the increasing demand of summer driving season, which have combined to push the price of a barrel of oil past the $100 mark for the first time since March 2012, according to AAA Southern New England.
According to GasBuddy.com , the price of gas in New Canaan ranges from $4.14 at the Gulf station at 185 Main St. to $4.25 at the Mobil stations in the canteens on the Merritt Parkway.
There may be no relief in sight for drivers, as there still are several months until refineries switch from the eco-friendly summer blend of fuel to the cheaper winter blend in fall.