Summer gas prices have arrived just in time for the summer driving season. And like the temperatures gas prices are expected to heat up fast. Good news in the past week gas prices in Yakima are unchanged but still high selling at at average of $3.50 a gallon. According to GasBuddy's daily survey of 91 stations in Yakima. Gas prices in Yakima are 7.1 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 97.3 cents per gallon higher than a year ago. A press release from GasBuddy says on the national side gas prices are actually down 2.1 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.05 a gallon. The national average is up 2.0 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 93.5 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.
"The ferocious rise in gas prices has finally started to cool as gas prices have eased across a majority of the country for the first time in months," says Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. "There have been some challenges in pockets across the country as demand remains very healthy, and stations in some areas where demand is very high struggle to keep up with demand thanks to the truck driver shortage. As we head toward the July 4 holiday, I'm optimistic that we'll continue to see prices slowly drift lower before possibly rising in later July or August should we see any disruptions from hurricane season. But for now it seems most Americans are simply happy to be getting outside and back to some sense of normal."
Historical gasoline prices in Yakima and the national average going back ten years:
June 21, 2020: $2.52/g (U.S. Average: $2.12/g)
June 21, 2019: $3.23/g (U.S. Average: $2.65/g)
June 21, 2018: $3.37/g (U.S. Average: $2.86/g)
June 21, 2017: $2.72/g (U.S. Average: $2.28/g)
June 21, 2016: $2.58/g (U.S. Average: $2.32/g)
June 21, 2015: $3.08/g (U.S. Average: $2.80/g)
June 21, 2014: $3.90/g (U.S. Average: $3.68/g)
June 21, 2013: $3.78/g (U.S. Average: $3.59/g)
June 21, 2012: $3.95/g (U.S. Average: $3.46/g)
June 21, 2011: $3.85/g (U.S. Average: $3.63/g)

Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:
Tacoma- $3.69/g, up 0.4 cents per gallon from last week's $3.68/g.
Seattle- $3.74/g, down 1.3 cents per gallon from last week's $3.75/g.
Washington- $3.54/g, unchanged  from last week's $3.54/g.

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