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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Gas prices across the nation are at their highest level since last August after another increase, and experts say they will probably keep rising into May. 

The average retail price for a gallon of gasoline rose 2.7 cents in the past week, averaging $3.41 on Sunday, according to the gas pricing website GasBuddy.com.

The national average jumped more than 2 cents, bringing the national average to $3.62 per gallon, a 11.9 cent increase during the last month and 12 cents higher than a year ago.

"The national average now stands at its highest level since last August," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan.

"The advance in prices has continued, with the worst jumps in areas of California, and southern states, where prices have increased anywhere from 15 to 30 cents per gallon in some cases. The increases will likely continue to persist, at worst for another month or so, but at best, we could see some relief arrive as soon as May rolls in," DeHaan said.

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