By Staff

BOSTON (CBS) — Summer road trip season is over, but the cost of gas keeps going up in Massachusetts and around the country. The average price per gallon in the state is now $3.10, AAA says, up a penny from last week.

Nationally, the average cost of a gallon of gas rose two cents to $3.19. Experts say prices may go up or down in the next month, depending on the tropics.

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“Hurricane Nicholas complicated and slowed the recovery from Ida, but the seasonal drop-off in demand helped mitigate price increases on the week,” AAA Northeast’s Mary Maguire said in a statement. “We aren’t in the clear yet, though. We are only at the mid-point for hurricane season, and it has been an active one so far, with 17 named storms already. Motorists can expect price fluctuations into October.”

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Gas prices in Massachusetts are five cents higher than they were a month ago, and 98 cents higher from a year ago.

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