TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Gas prices are still climbing in New Jersey and across the nation, and analysts warn drivers to expect more of the same for another few weeks. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey was $2.76 Friday, up six cents from a week ago and from prices at this time a year ago.

The national average gas price Friday was $2.81 a gallon, up nine cents from last week and higher than the national average of $2.69 a year ago.

Analysts say drivers can expect no relief due to the “triple threat” of higher crude oil prices, continuing refinery maintenance and the switchover to more expensive summer-blend gasoline, which has a lower volatility to limit evaporative emissions that normally increase with warm weather.

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