Gasoline prices on the rise across Florida and Jacksonville in the past week may have reached a peak, according to the American Automobile Association.

The motor club reported in a news release Monday that there was an “unseasonable spike” in prices at the pump in the past week after a near two-month slide in the cost of a gallon of gas. Gas prices climbed 13 cents over a three-day period last week. But those prices have held steady over the weekend.

The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline as of Sunday was $2.53 in Florida, up from $2.39 a week ago. Georgia saw a less dramatic increase in gas prices coming in at $2.41 per gallon Sunday, up from $2.34 a week ago. Both prices are up about more than 20 cents from a year ago.

In Jacksonville, the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular was going for $2.48 Monday morning, according to gasbuddy.com, a website that tracks gas prices for various markets nationally. The lowest price for a gallon of gas in Jacksonville Monday was found at Norman’s Food Store at Post Street and King Street where it was selling for $2.33.

The rising price at the pump contradicts the usual trend of dropping gas prices during the fall season.

“Our usual autumn pump price plunge was interrupted by rising oil prices,” said Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA. “Fortunately, oil prices let off the throttle last week, allowing gas prices to find what appears to be solid ground.

“However, motorists should expect gas prices to linger at their current levels this week,” Jenkins said in a prepared statement.

AAA officials blamed much of the spike in oil prices on declining oil rig counts in the U.S., lower domestic inventories, production cuts and political

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