Gas prices surge past $3. Here's where gas is most expensive — and cheapest — for Memorial Day

Gasoline prices are at a seven-year high, just in time for travelers to hit the road for Memorial Day.

ATLANTA (CBS46) — A gallon of unleaded gas has hit an almost 7-year high, as prices across the country continue to rise. 

Patrick De Haan, the head of petroleum analysis with GasBuddy, reports the national average has jumped to $3.19 per gallon, the highest average since Oct. 12, 2014. As of 9:30 a.m., that price increased another penny to $3.20/gallon according to GasBuddy.com.

Here in Georgia, the statewide average sits well below the national average at $2.93/gallon. In Atlanta, the average is $0.05 higher at $2.98/gallon. 

"It jumped from twenty dollars to fill up my car to forty so it needs to go down," said Justin Booker, a driver we spoke with Thursday afternoon.

Kenny Melton tells us he won't be traveling too far until the prices drop off again. "It doesn't feel good. I feel like they could bring it down a little lower. Pretty much I'm trying to stay a little close, not drive as far away from where I am."

De Haan says drivers can expect some relief in the coming weeks as travel winds down with kids heading back to school and summer coming to a closer.

We saw a sharp increase back in May when the colonial pipeline suffered a ransomware attack, causing a gas shortage.  From there, summer travel picked up. With increased demand, prices continued to climb. 

De Haan says autumn could bring gas prices back down. 

You can find the area's lowest gas prices here.

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