Gasoline prices are expected to rise after drone attacks on two major Saudi Arabia oil facilities last weekend.
AAA said motorists can expect some volatility at the pump in the coming days and weeks.
On Monday, global energy prices spiked more than 14 percent, causing the worst disruption to world supplies on record. U.S. crude oil jumped more than $8 to close at $62.90 a barrel.
Over the weekend, Saudi Arabia experienced drone attacks on two major oil facilities – including the world’s largest, Abqaiq. The attacks have taken 5.7 million (crude) barrels per day off the market, accounting for about 6 percent of the global supply.
After a summer of falling gas prices, the national price of a gallon of regular price is holding steady at $2.59 a gallon.
On Tuesday, AAA said Connecticut’s average price is $2.69. Fairfield County remains the most expensive place to fill up at the pump with an average of $2.76. Gas was as high as $3.09 a gallon at the Mobil station on East Putnam Avenue in Greenwich, according to Gas Buddy.
A year ago, a gallon of regular gas costs 34 cents more in Connecticut.
“Americans can expect local pump prices to start to increase this week. The jump could end up being as much as a quarter per gallon throughout this month,” Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson said in a release. “Whether this is a short or long term trend will be determined by the price of crude oil prices and how quickly the facilities in Saudi Arabia can recover and get back online.”
Connecticut has its highest gas prices on July 9, 2008 when it cost $4.39 a gallon.