As Summer Approaches Gas Prices Continue to Climb
As the summer driving season approaches gas prices continue to rise as demand increases across the country. Officials at GasBuddy says gas prices in Yakima in the last week are up 5.6 cents per gallon selling for an average of $3.29 per gallon. GasBuddy's daily survey of 91 stations in Yakima found prices in Yakima 11.9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and 94.8 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.
Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy says "Last week saw limited upward movement in gas prices, tying the previous high water mark we last saw in March, signaling that perhaps we may see additional upside as most states in the nation have finished the transition to EPA-mandated summer gasoline. While gasoline demand did dip last week for the third straight week according to GasBuddy data, it was yet another small decline, and as temperatures continue to warm ahead of summer, it wouldn't surprise me that demand will rebound in the weeks ahead and we could continue to see gas prices push higher. For now, however, it doesn't appear that any rise in price would be significant, so motorists shouldn't be too concerned at this point, but may see see average prices inch higher."
According to GasBuddy the national average price of gasoline has risen 0.4 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $2.87 a gallon. The national average is up 2.0 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands $1.13 per gallon higher than a year ago.
Historical gasoline prices in Yakima and the national average going back ten years:
April 26, 2020: $2.34/g (U.S. Average: $1.74/g)
April 26, 2019: $3.41/g (U.S. Average: $2.89/g)
April 26, 2018: $3.09/g (U.S. Average: $2.80/g)
April 26, 2017: $2.88/g (U.S. Average: $2.40/g)
April 26, 2016: $2.29/g (U.S. Average: $2.14/g)
April 26, 2015: $2.62/g (U.S. Average: $2.54/g)
April 26, 2014: $3.77/g (U.S. Average: $3.70/g)
April 26, 2013: $3.54/g (U.S. Average: $3.50/g)
April 26, 2012: $4.03/g (U.S. Average: $3.82/g)
April 26, 2011: $3.90/g (U.S. Average: $3.87/g)
Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:
Tacoma- $3.48/g, up 1.4 cents per gallon from last week's $3.46/g.
Seattle- $3.54/g, up 0.6 cents per gallon from last week's $3.54/g.
Washington- $3.33/g, up 3.1 cents per gallon from last week's $3.30/g.