WDBJ7 Web Staff
2:00 PM EDT, July 15, 2012
Gas prices continued their upward tick for the second straight week, following 11 consecutive weeks of declines.
AAA reports the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded is now at $3.40. That's up from $3.38 last week.
In Virginia, the average is up four cents from a week ago, at $3.25 a gallon.
As for Roanoke, expect to pay around $3.16 a gallon right now. That's up a nickel from a week ago.
Analysts expect prices to continue to rise in July, but to start going back down again come August.
"Just as they did last July when prices rose 17 cents a gallon," said Martha Meade of AAA Mid-Atlantic, in a press release. "Yet even with the increase, gas prices remain 26 cents a gallon lower than this time last year. In August, prices at the pump should begin to retreat again, barring any supply disruptions, such as a hurricane or international event that would put upward pressure on crude oil, and in turn gas prices.”
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