(Nexstar) – Gas prices are on the rise again this week, now hitting a 21-week high, according to AAA Texas.
The average price for a gallon of gas in Texas is now $2.47, the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch shows. That price is seven cents higher than the same day last week and 37 cents higher than the same day last year, according to the release.
AAA Texas says the rising demand and encouraging crude prices are the key contributing factors to the steady rise.
“March could bring the highest pump prices this year, barring any issues during Hurricane season,” Daniel Armbruster, AAA Texas spokesman said. “While the month is roaring in like a lion, by the end of it we could see some relief at the pump as refineries resume normal operations, especially if crude prices show signs of stability.”
Drivers in El Paso are paying the most on average at the pump at $2.73. However, Midland and Odessa are not far behind at $2.67 and $2.68.