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Baton Rouge gas prices rise in the New Year

BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - Gas prices have risen in Baton Rouge this past week according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com. 

GasBuddy's daily survey of 361 gas outlets in Baton Rouge showed that gasoline prices have risen 0.4 cents per gallon in the past week. 

As of January 7, the average gas price in Baton Rouge is $2.17 per gallon.

The national average increased by the same amount last week and according to GasBuddy.com, the average gas price nationally is now $2.48 per gallon.

Gasoline prices in Baton Rouge have varied over the past five years from a high of $3.18 per gallon in 2013 to a low of $1.71 per gallon in 2016.

Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, said, "As unseasonable cold finally breaks across the country, what may not break as quickly as the unseasonably high gas prices."  

Dehaan also said, "prices at the pump are higher than they were nearly all of last summer, mainly because oil prices remain high and due to the extreme cold weather that caused some snafus at refiners. Inventories of refined products have seen an impressive build in the last week, and there's a strong likelihood that we may soon begin to see the national average falling toward the end of the month. I must caution motorists, however, that any downturn would likely be short-lived as gas prices typically begin moving higher after the sweetness of Valentines Day has worn off as refiners begin maintenance and the long road to summer gasoline begins."

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