Gasoline prices in Alabama have risen 7.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.16/g, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 3,348 stations in Alabama. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.2 cents per gallon versus last week to $2.38/g, according to GasBuddy.

Average gasoline prices on Jan. 18 in Alabama have ranged widely over the last five years: $2.29/g in 2020, $1.93/g in 2019, $2.28/g in 2018, $2.13/g in 2017 and $1.65/g in 2016.

Including the change locally during the past week, prices were 13.5 cents per gallon lower than a year ago and are 20.0 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 15.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 17.4 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

Areas in Alabama and their current gas price climate: Birmingham - $2.15/g, up 7.7 cents per gallon from last week's $2.07/g; Montgomery - $2.15/g, up 6.9 cents per gallon from last week's $2.08/g; and Huntsville - $2.15/g, up 7.8 cents per gallon from last week's $2.08/g.

"Gas prices have jumped to yet another multi-month high as crude oil prices rise amidst perceived improvement in the COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to pump prices up as demand shows renewed signs of recovery," said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. "In addition, with rumors swirling that President-elect Biden plans to cancel approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would cut off reliable Canadian oil to the U.S., oil prices may see additional pressure in the coming days. For now, the upward trend in gas prices may slow from the sharp rise in the last week, but motorists shouldn't expect much of a break from rising gas prices, which now stand less than 20 cents from their year-ago levels."

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