RICHMOND, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — Gasoline prices have increased sharply over the past month and are expected to continue the trend through Labor Day.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline in Virginia was $3.58 last week. That’s three cents higher than a week ago, and 12 cents higher than the same week last year. On the positive side, it’s 14 cents below the national average.

In Maryland, a gallon of regular gasoline costs an average of $3.69.

Drivers in the District are paying an average of $3.91.

The national average of $3.72 is a sharp increase over last month when the average cost per gallon was $3.45.

The record national average of $4.11 was set in July 2008.

Martha Meade of AAA says although experts say prices will rise through Labor Day, they are not expected to increase drastically.

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