Gas prices climb, but Phoenix has lowest in the country

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Gas prices climbing - In the last week, the price of a gallon of gas has shot up an average 13 cents and there doesn't appear to be an end in sight.

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In the last week, the price of a gallon of gas has shot up an average 13 cents and there doesn't appear to be an end in sight.

The price has risen for two reasons. The cost of crude is now trading about $10 more per barrel and the sizzling temperatures, which means it's time for the summer blend.

According to AAA of Arizona, the increase was expected.

"Today, the summer blend kicks in," said Michelle Donati with AAA Arizona. "That blended fuel is cleaner burning and more expensive to produce. It is federally mandated."

Donati said Arizona has the lowest gas prices in the country. The average in Phoenix and Tucson are below the $2 per gallon mark.

A year ago, Valley drivers were paying about $3.52 per gallon.

Forecasters don't believe that the cost will go anywhere above $2.50 this summer. However, demand will factor into the price.