Gas Prices Up But No Spike Expected for Weekend
If the price of gas is on your mind as you prepare for the upcoming Memorial weekend officials at GasBuddy say they don't expect a big price increase before the summer driving season starts this year. AAA Travel says it expects a 60% increase in the number of travelers this year and a majority will be driving so gas prices are a big factor in many travel plans. If you're filling up in Yakima gas is up 4 cents per gallon in the past week averaging $3.44 per gallon. GasBuddy says gas prices in Yakima are 11.2 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand $1.13 per gallon higher than a year ago.
GasBuddy says the national average price of gasoline is down 1.9 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.02 per gallon today. The national average is up 14.0 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands $1.07 per gallon higher than a year ago.
Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy says he's not concerned about a big spike soon. "In the lead up to Memorial Day, we haven't seen gas prices come down much, though with oil's recent move lower, we should start to see more drops at the pump materialize in the days ahead, with the Colonial Pipeline situation continuing to improve in Southeastern states, fueling up for the holiday weekend shouldn't be too challenging, save for a few pockets in GA, NC and SC, where outages remain a bit higher than neighboring states. For those hitting the road, we should see prices inch lower in the coming week through at least Memorial Day, so motorists need not rush to fill their tanks as the drop in oil prices should manifest into lower gas prices as we begin the summer driving season."
Historical gasoline prices in Yakima and the national average going back ten years:
May 24, 2020: $2.31/g (U.S. Average: $1.95/g)
May 24, 2019: $3.44/g (U.S. Average: $2.84/g)
May 24, 2018: $3.35/g (U.S. Average: $2.97/g)
May 24, 2017: $2.84/g (U.S. Average: $2.37/g)
May 24, 2016: $2.50/g (U.S. Average: $2.29/g)
May 24, 2015: $2.89/g (U.S. Average: $2.75/g)
May 24, 2014: $3.83/g (U.S. Average: $3.66/g)
May 24, 2013: $3.90/g (U.S. Average: $3.65/g)
May 24, 2012: $4.17/g (U.S. Average: $3.68/g)
May 24, 2011: $4.00/g (U.S. Average: $3.82/g)