Gas prices to soar at $3.80 per gallon

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By Sarah Blais By Sarah Blais

PHOENIX -- We've had it pretty easy this summer with gas prices staying relatively low. But be prepared to pay up.

In the next few weeks, gas is expected to jump to $3.80 per gallon, a steep incline from our average $3.45 in Arizona.

This jump in price is a result of crude oil costing more than $100 per barrel, the first time this has happened since May.

It will be about $4 more to fill the average 15-gallon tank. The price hike will affect drivers like Jerry Stinson in many different ways.

"You have to have gas," Stinson said. "What you do is take out going to the movies or going to dinner. You have to cut [expenses] somewhere. I don't think it's going to help the economy, and the recovery."

The average gas price is six cents lower than the national average. Tucson has the cheapest gas at $3.23 and Flagstaff is the most expensive at $3.69.