TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) – Gas prices in the Bay area have spiked virtually overnight - up six cents to an average of 3.24 a gallon – and people are noticing.

Just last week, some Tampa-area gas stations were as low as 3.01 a gallon - the lowest in the state.

“It’s been crazy. Earlier this week the lowest price in the Tampa market had gotten down to 3.01 a gallon. But in the last couple of days we’ve seen prices go up and the average price today in Tampa is 3.24 - that’s up six cents a gallon higher than where we were a week ago,” Greg Laskowski said, with Tampa Gas Prices dot com.

Right now, only motorists in central Florida are feeling the pinch and there’s a reason.

“We’re seeing some pretty significant increases in wholesale gasoline prices from the Gulf Coast and that’s impacting both Tampa and Orlando gas prices right now,” he said.

He adds that cheaper gas can still be found in the Bay area between 3.10 and 3.20 a gallon.

Even with the price spike, Laskowski says gas is still 15 cents cheaper than it was a year ago.

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