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Posted: Friday, February 4, 2011 1:45 pm

As West Valley temperatures dropped this week, gas prices crept higher.

Pump prices for a gallon of fuel in the Sun Cities area rose slightly more than 4 cents in the last week, according to AAA Arizona. The average is $3.05.

For now.

AAA reported Thursday civil unrest in Egypt is keeping fuel prices on the rise.

West Valley gas prices are higher than the statewide average of $3.035, which is an increase of more than 3 cents from last week. Nationwide, prices increased a penny and a half to $3.12 per gallon.

“The spectrum of events this week, from upheaval in Egypt to snow storms in the U.S., demonstrate the volatility of oil prices and their subsequent effects at the pump,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “Yet if the situation in Egypt tempers and quells market anxiety, and if oil prices stay at or below their current levels, drivers should not experience a significant shift in fuel prices in the short-term, barring unforeseen circumstances.”

Tucson and Scottsdale hold the low and high state fuel averages at $2.92 and $3.12 per gallon, respectively. Wyoming and California hold these extremes for the lower 48 states at $2.87 and $3.34 per gallon, respectively. Currently, 37 states, including the District of Columbia, hold averages at or above the $3 mark, while 16 states hold lower fuel averages than Arizona.

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