A few local gas stations have made a 10-cent jump when it comes to gas prices, will other stations follow?

While some gas stations still sit around the $149.9 to $151.9 range, at least two gas stations along Main Street have made the jump to the $161.9 range.

Patrick De Haan, Head of Petroleum Analysis at Gas Buddy explained this is the first time we have seen a major jump since April.

"Oil prices did jump up late last week on economic optimism before they quickly did a u-turn and oil prices went back below $80 a barrel which is causing the rising cost."

De Haan is hopeful that this price increase at some gas stations is only temporary and will eventually go back down.

"Typically, gas prices decline between the months of May and June. That comes as refineries crank up output and build up their gasoline supply."

Multiple gas stations in surrounding communities like Cochrane, Red Deer and Calgary have also made the jump to the $161.9 range.

"I think prices could fall below $150.9 eventually, probably within a few weeks or a month."

When it comes to the summer months, De Haan believes the prices might go up slightly but nothing too crazy. He also anticipated diesel prices will be on the decline for the next few months as demand is lower during spring and summer.

"The real wildcard is going to come later this summer when hurricane season is expected to be very busy. Of course, it's the Gulf of Mexico where there are some of the largest refineries in North America and if any hurricanes temporarily shut those refineries down, we could see prices spiking later this summer."

In late March, the province announced that the fuel tax relief program would be ending and that on April 1, the fuel tax would be reinstated in full at 13 cents per litre for gas and diesel, signalling a 4-cent rise in the tax, as it was already at 9 cents previously.

We also saw another rise in prices as the price of carbon emissions rose by $15 per tonne on April 1, seeing a total of a three-cent increase.

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