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Is it that time again this week? Yes. And prepare for a wonderful summer

It’s almost time for the summer driving season as gas prices rise in Yakima and the rest of the state. GasBuddy officials say average gasoline prices in Yakima increased 2.7 cents per gallon over the past week, an average of $4.37 per gallon, according to GasBuddy’s survey of 91 stations in Yakima.

PRICES ARE CHEAPER IN THE LOWER YAKIMA VALLEY

Prices in Yakima are 9.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and 11.2 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.
According to GasBuddy’s price reports, the cheapest stations in the valley are at Wolf Den in Wapato and Yakamart in Toppenish, at $3.85 per gallon. It costs $3.89 per gallon at the Ahtanum Fuel Stop on Goodman Road in Yakima.

THE NATIONAL PRICE HAS FALLEN THIS WEEK

The national average price of gasoline fell 3.2 cents per gallon over the past week, to an average of $3.58 per gallon today. The national average is down 3.7 cents per gallon from a month ago and 6.1 cents per gallon higher than a year ago, according to GasBuddy data compiled from more than 11 million weekly price reports from more than 150,000 gas stations in the whole country.

COULD WE SEE BIG PRICE SPIKES THIS SUMMER?

Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, says we’ve seen the average price of gas fall in many states over the past week as summer fuel preparations near completion. “With gas prices down nearly 10 cents from the high we saw a few weeks ago, the future looks bright as we get closer to Memorial Day; price declines could potentially accelerate after last week’s jobs data showed the economy continuing to cool. While gas prices are slightly higher than last year, I expect most Americans will see prices drop before the holiday weekend.”

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REMEMBER WHEN?

Historical gasoline prices in Yakima and the national average going back ten years:
May 13, 2023: $4.26/g (US average: $3.52/g)
May 13, 2022: $4.74/g (US average: $4.44/g)
May 13, 2021: $3.43/g (US average: $3.03/g)
May 13, 2020: $2.19/g (US average: $1.86/g)
May 13, 2019: $3.43/g (US average: $2.86/g)
May 13, 2018: $3.24/g (US average: $2.86/g)
May 13, 2017: $2.83/g (US average: $2.33/g)
May 13, 2016: $2.42/g (US average: $2.22/g)
May 13, 2015: $2.79/g (US average: $2.67/g)
May 13, 2014: $3.82/g (US average: $3.64/g)

WHAT YOUR NEIGHBORS PAY

Adjacent areas and their current gas prices:
Tacoma – $4.57/g, down 5.5 cents per gallon from last week’s $4.63/g.
Seattle – $4.80/g, down 1.9 cents per gallon from last week’s $4.81/g.
Washington – $4.60/g, down 2.7 cents per gallon from last week’s $4.63/g.

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