Northeast Ohio gas prices increased seven cents to $3.576 per gallon this week, according to AAA East Central.
Nationwide, the average price for regular unleaded gasoline is $3.61 per gallon. This price is two cents less than a week ago and a penny less than a year ago.
AAA expects that gas prices in the coming weeks may increase due to the potential for late-summer hurricanes and accompanying refinery problems that can disrupt production, distribution and supply when travel is up.
If no major hurricanes threaten the Gulf Coast and refineries continue to run smoothly heading into the mid-September changeover to winter-blend gasoline, gas prices could remain flat or even decline further.