The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline jumped 3 cents over the past week to $2.28 per gallon, while the state average rose 2 cents to $2.43 a gallon.

As predicted, gas prices began an upward climb this past week that is expected to continue through season's end, with the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline jumping 3 cents to $2.28 per gallon and the state average rising 2 cents to $2.43 a gallon.

Last year at this time, the national average was $2.17 and the state average $2.36.

For the Rochester region, the average price climbed 2 cents to $2.35 a gallon.

In Canandaigua, on Monday listed the lowest available price as $2.23 per gallon, found at the Arrow Mart on North Main and North streets.

Late last week, AAA updated its gas price forecast indicating that prices were set to increase. Motorists are now beginning to see that spike at the pump. The upswing looks to be the kickoff to a trend that may last through the remainder of the summer. The anticipated increase in price is due to refiners continuing to run record levels of crude oil, which is creating high levels of gasoline and diesel, while this season’s strong demand stays on pace.

All eyes will be on the OPEC and non-OPEC committee meeting on July 24 in St. Petersburg, Russia, where the status of a reduced output agreement will be discussed to see if the cartel takes additional steps to deepen the agreement’s impact on the market.