The average per-gallon price of regular gas in Tennessee was $3.63 as of yesterday, an increase of 10 cents compared to the figure from the previous week, according to AAA.
In comparison, the national average price was $3.78, a seven-cent per-gallon increase. More specifically, and to compare to Tennessee, Georgia’s per-gallon average of $3.77 increased 13 cents.
In Nashville, the average per-gallon price of regular gas was $3.65 as of Sunday, a rise of 11 cents compared to the figure from the previous week. (See chart below.)
Currently, oil prices stand at $93.13 a barrel, $2.73 less than the mark from the week prior, AAA reports.
February's current national monthly average is $3.63, 8 cents more than February 2012’s average of $3.55. At this time, four states have an average price for a gallon of regular gas that is more than $4, and two others are only a few cents shy of reaching the $4 mark, AAA reports.
Gas prices are expected to increase throughout the end of the month and continue the trend in March. This could cause some Southeast states’ averages to reach $4 a gallon, although some metro markets in the region have already reported prices well above $4.
"Unfortunately, it doesn't look like there will be much relief at the pump in the next couple of weeks,” Jessica Brady, AAA spokeswoman, The Auto Club Group, said in a release. "U.S. refinery maintenance typically peaks in March, meaning we could see more cuts in refinery output, leading to higher gas prices. Although gas prices were forecast to peak in April, it's unclear whether or not this will be the case since pump prices have already seen such dramatic increases.”