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Gas prices on the rise in Peoria, nationwide

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PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

It's not just your imagination: you really are paying more at the pump. 

GasBuddy.com said gas prices are up an average 13.7 cents in the past week in Peoria, averaging $2.73 a gallon. Nationally, gas prices rose 5.2 cents to an average of $2.71 a gallon. 

Prices are 34.9 cents a gallon higher than a year ago, and 24.4 cents higher than a month ago in the Peoria area.

"The seasonal surge at gas pumps is in full motion, causing the most dreaded time of year for fearful motorists, especially of what may still be coming," said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. "With the national average gas price now at its highest since July 26, 2015, I can't immediately allay all fears of a continued spike in gas prices, however, we're likely in the closing innings of the seasonal rise- let's just hope we don't go to extra innings."

DeHaan expects gas prices to peak in mid-May. 

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