Gas prices continue to rise in New Jersey and around the nation due to crude oil prices above $55 and refineries in seasonal maintenance that can temporarily limit production.
AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey was $2.51 Monday, up four cents from about 10 days ago but below the $2.58 a gallon at this time a year ago.
The national average gas price Monday was $2.47 a gallon, up five cents from last week but also below the national average of $2.53 a year ago.
At the Jersey Shore, gas prices currently range from $2.49 to $2.53 for a gallon of regular gas, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. The cheapest gas is currently found in Atlantic County, while Monmouth County is the most expensive.
Analysts say drivers can expect pump prices to keep rising in coming weeks due to increased demand and diminishing gasoline stocks, with the nationwide switchover to summer blend gasoline by May 1 also a factor.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.