Gasoline prices in Arizona at $3.48 per gallon

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Gas prices in Arizona climbed this past week, just as the summer season for the pump is about to begin.

The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline rose by 2.1 cents in Arizona to about $3.48, according to AAA Arizona. The national average rose by almost 3 cents to about $3.69 a gallon.

Summer prices officially begin May 1 and prices could continue to increase.

"Though fuel inventories have increased, a number of factors could cause prices to continue rising, such as geopolitical tensions, the price of crude or unscheduled stops with refineries," Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona, said in a statement. "If these factors remain stable, prices should peak in the coming weeks, barring unforeseen circumstances."

Tucson had the lowest average by city in Arizona at about $3.32 a gallon, according to AAA Arizona. Flagstaff had the highest average at about $3.61.

California has the highest average by state, with a gallon of gas costing $4.23. Montana has the lowest average among the states with a cost of about $3.37.

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