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Thanksgiving creates rise in AZ gas prices

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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 2:15 pm | Updated: 10:23 am, Thu Feb 13, 2014.

Although gas prices have bumped up for Thanksgiving week, the cost to fill the tank is still the lowest it’s been around Turkey Day in three years.

According to Triple-A Arizona, the price of gas increased this week by 1.8 cents to $3.153, while the national average increased by 5.5 cents to $3.287 a gallon.

“Rising retail prices can be attributed to an uptick in demand as well as refinery issues in the Gulf Coast region,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona in a press release. “This pre-holiday price surge should be short-lived as refinery issues are resolved.”

Even taking account the rise in price, the current rates are the cheapest they’ve been for a Thanksgiving week since 2010.

East Valley motorists are paying an average of $3.090, an increase of 3.7 cents from last week but a 5.6 cent decrease from October. Tucson has the lowest rate at $3.068 a gallon, while Flagstaff is the most expensive at $3.381.

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