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PROVIDENCE — Gas prices have risen another seven cents this week and are now up by nearly a quarter over the past month.

Officials with AAA Northeast said a survey of prices in Rhode Island Monday found self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline averaging approximately $2.53 per gallon, seven cents higher than a week ago and 24 cents higher than on Feb. 18. Prices have climbed since and could continue to climb in the coming weeks.

"Thanks to increasing demand and tightening gasoline stocks across the country, March gas prices came in like a lion and will not go out like a lamb,” said Lloyd Albert, senior vice president of public and government affairs for AAA Northeast. “State gas price averages are similar to a year ago give or take a few pennies, with every state but Florida seeing higher prices this week.”

Rhode Island’s price is nine cents lower than the national average for regular unleaded of $2.62. A year ago at this time, the average price in Rhode Island was three cents higher at $2.56.

The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 35 cents, from a low of $2.44 to a high of $2.79.

— Jason Vallee

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