With fireworks right around the corner and a big summer driving weekend coming up gas prices in Yakima are down 5.4 cents per gallon over the last week, averaging $5.33 per gallon today, according to GasBuddy's survey of 91 stations in Yakima. GasBuddy officials say prices in Yakima are 30.9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand $1.74 per gallon higher than a year ago.Driving a diesel powered vehicle?
The price of diesel has risen 2.6 cents nationally in the past week and stands at $5.80 per gallon. So while prices are down it'll still be a spendy drive this weekend.

If you're looking for the cheapest gas in the valley take a drive to Wapato

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in the valley is in Wapato priced at $4.75 per gallon. The lowest price in the state yesterday was $4.44 per gallon while the highest was $6.59 per gallon.
On the national side the average price of gasoline has fallen 8.8 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $4.88 per gallon today. The national average is up 28.3 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands $1.79 per gallon higher than a year ago, according to GasBuddy data compiled from more than 11 million weekly price reports covering over 150,000 gas stations across the country.

Falling prices for the second week is good news

"With Independence Day a week away, gas prices have continued to fall for the second straight week as the price of oil has faltered, ushering in the drop we're seeing. The good news is we could also see a third straight week of decline," said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. "While prices will be at their highest July 4th level ever, they'll have fallen close to 20 cents since our peak in early June. Motorists should be wary that while the decline could continue for the week ahead, any sudden jolts to supply could quickly cause a turnaround, and risk remains that when the peak of hurricane season arrives, we could see a super spike at the pump."

What a difference a year makes

Historical gasoline prices in Yakima and the national average going back ten years:
June 27, 2021: $3.59/g (U.S. Average: $3.09/g)
June 27, 2020: $2.50/g (U.S. Average: $2.17/g)
June 27, 2019: $3.28/g (U.S. Average: $2.71/g)
June 27, 2018: $3.36/g (U.S. Average: $2.85/g)
June 27, 2017: $2.73/g (U.S. Average: $2.24/g)
June 27, 2016: $2.63/g (U.S. Average: $2.30/g)
June 27, 2015: $3.11/g (U.S. Average: $2.78/g)
June 27, 2014: $3.90/g (U.S. Average: $3.68/g)
June 27, 2013: $3.77/g (U.S. Average: $3.52/g)
June 27, 2012: $3.81/g (U.S. Average: $3.37/g)

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