LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Gas prices in Louisville have risen more than seven cents per gallon over the last week, and experts speculate they may continue to spike in the wake of Hurricane Barry.
According to a GasBuddy price report on Monday, the cheapest gallon of gas in Louisville was available for $2.46, and the most expensive was $3.09.
Prices are topping $3.00 at many gas stations around the city.
Data from AAA shows the national average has shot up 22 cents a gallon over the past few weeks.
Currently, AAA says the national average is $2.79 and the average in Kentucky is $2.67.
Louisville’s average is $2.90, the highest in the commonwealth. The lowest is over in Paducah at $2.48.
Tropical Storm Barry, according to AAA, is partially to blame for Kentucky’s prices going up. It says about 60 percent of the refineries had to shut down, but it didn’t have much of an impact on the national average.
What has an impact on everyone, and why consumers typically see higher prices this time of year, is the peak of vacation time.
“People have a lot more expendable income this year, so they’re still deciding to take those family road trips," Lynda Lambert, with AAA, said. "But it looks like if the trend continues from the end of June, we could see prices inching up a little bit more and it’s hard to say when that will stop.”
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GasBuddy provided a list of the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas on July 15 in each of the last 10 years:
July 15, 2018: $2.93/g (U.S. Average: $2.87/g)
July 15, 2017: $2.35/g (U.S. Average: $2.24/g)
July 15, 2016: $2.22/g (U.S. Average: $2.21/g)
July 15, 2015: $2.82/g (U.S. Average: $2.78/g)
July 15, 2014: $3.68/g (U.S. Average: $3.60/g)
July 15, 2013: $3.80/g (U.S. Average: $3.61/g)
July 15, 2012: $3.54/g (U.S. Average: $3.39/g)
July 15, 2011: $3.69/g (U.S. Average: $3.66/g)
July 15, 2010: $2.72/g (U.S. Average: $2.70/g)
July 15, 2009: $2.44/g (U.S. Average: $2.48/g)
WAVE 3 News did some investigating this year to find out which days of the week are the best -- and worst -- to fill up your tank. Click here for that article.