PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Gas prices continue to hit record highs both locally and nationally.

Rhode Island’s average gas price is up 23 cents from last week, averaging $4.94 per gallon, according to AAA. Some gas stations in the state have already reached more than $5 per gallon.

According to GasBuddy, as of Sunday, the cheapest gas station in Providence was $4.55 while the most expensive was $5.39. That’s a difference of 84 cents per gallon.

In Massachusetts, the average price for a gallon of gasoline is $4.96.

The cost of a barrel of oil is nearing $120, nearly double from last August, as increased oil demand outpaces the tight global supply, according to AAA. Meanwhile, domestic gasoline demand rose last week due to Memorial Day weekend travel.

As a result, the national average price of gasoline has risen 25 cents from last week, averaging $4.86 per gallon.

Sen. Jack Reed told 12 News the war in Ukraine and lack of sufficient oil production are also to blame.

“Putin is using oil as a weapon and if he succeeds then it will be very difficult for us and for the whole world,” Reed said. “The oil companies have not responded to these incredible increases in prices by significantly more production, they’re simply sitting back and making lots of money.”

Rep. Jim Langevin echoed Reed but highlighted the need to decrease the nation’s reliance on oil.

“We need to address obviously the supply issue but we also still need to look at getting us off of fossil fuels in the beginning and transitioning to green renewable energy technologies,” Langevin said.

According to AAA, Massachusetts ranks #14 for the most expensive gas in the country and Rhode Island is not too far behind at #16.

Those living in California, Nevada or Hawaii are paying the most at the pump, but California comes in at the highest with an average of $6.34 per gallon.