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Gas Prices Gradually Going Up As Weather Gets Warmer

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The price of gas is gradually going up across the country as the weather gets warmer.

According to Gas Buddy, the average price of regular unleaded gas in Nevada is now $3.40 a gallon. It's an increase of 4.5 cents over the past week. Nationwide, the average has risen five cents to $3.40 as well.

Analysts like Peter Krueger, Executive Director of the Nevada Petroleum Marketer and Convenience Stores Association, have been looking at the prices closely. He expects the prices to increase through the summer months as more people hit the road.

"Like anything else, when demand goes up, supplies can be short," he said. "Prices go up."

Analysts say refineries are beginning to produce the cleaner-burning summer gasoline, which is more expensive to make.

"When it's 80, 90, 100 degrees, you don't have all these gasoline vapors going into the air," Krueger said.

Krueger says unless the prices get to a certain point, he doesn't think the prices will stop most people from driving this summer.

"People are traveling more," he said. "I think we saw that around the Christmas holiday. So, I don't see that as a big deterrent if it doesn't get much higher. Now, if we were to go closer to $3.75, closer to $4, yes."

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