Florida gas prices break another record, hit new all-time high

Gas prices in the Sunshine State have hit a new all-time high, breaking the record price set just 24 hours earlier

AAA says the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in Florida soared to $4.47. That's a 7-cent overnight increase from Thursday, 28-cent increase from one week ago, and a 44-cent increase from last month.

In the Tampa Bay area, the average price of gas is even higher at $4.49 a gallon, AAA says — a jump of 8 cents from Thursday's average of $4.40 for the area.

Gas prices in Tampa, Florida on May 13, 2022.

This time last year, Floridians were paying an average of $2.90 a gallon for gas.

Florida's $4.47 average price now tops the national average of $4.43.

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On average, Florida drivers will now be paying about $67 to fill an average-sized tank of gas – over $20 more than this time last year.

According to AAA, Russia's invasion of Ukraine is one reason for the rise in gasoline prices, causing an unstable global oil market. But expectations of high summer travel demand are also playing a role, experts say.

"Right now, what’s driving prices is the expectation that demand for the summer driving season is going to be much stronger than last year," AAA spokesperson Mark Jenkins said. "You couple that with lowering supplies here domestically and stronger demand internationally."

Oil-rich Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has also affected global markets.

"The fuel market is extremely unstable right now," Jenkins said. "It’s very volatile heading into a very busy summer travel season. So, it’s really hard to put a pin on what to expect in a month’s time."