Gas prices to exceed $3 a gallon for the 1,000th consecutive day

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TAMPA, Fla. – The national average price of gasoline will surpass $3.00 per gallon on Tuesday for the 1,000th consecutive day, according to AAA. The current streak began on Dec. 23, 2010.

AAA forecasts the national average will remain above $3.00 per gallon for at least another thousand days barring a major economic recession.

“While Florida motorists may get lucky and occasionally pay less than $3.00 per gallon in the future, $2.00 gas prices are mostly a thing of the past,” says AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins.

Since the current streak began, consumers will have paid a national average of:

$3.25 per gallon or higher for 913 total days

$3.50 per gallon or higher for 643 total days

$3.75 per gallon or higher for 189 total days

$4.00 per gallon or higher for 0 days

The most expensive daily national average during the current streak was $3.98 per gallon on May 5, 2011. In Florida the most expensive was $3.97 on April 7, 2012. The lowest daily national average was $3.01 per gallon on December 23, 2010. In Florida, it was $3.01 on December 22, 2010.