Yakima Drivers Pump Cheapest Gas in The State This Week
Gas prices continue to drop across the country and in Yakima as winter approaches. GasBuddy officials say the national average is down11.3 cents per gallon in the past week and standing 30.9 cents per gallon lower than this time last year, according to GasBuddy's weekly price reports from over 150,000 gas stations. Average gasoline prices in Yakima have fallen 7.3 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $4.60 per gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy's survey of 91 stations in Yakima.
A SHORT DRIVE TO WAPATO AND YOU'LL PUMP CHEAP GAS
GasBuddy says the cheapest gas station in the valley was in Wapato priced at $3.75 per gallon Sunday while the most expensive was $5.19. The national average price is $3.55 a gallon. GasBuddy says prices have been declining steadily since their peak in October 2022, when the average gas price hit $4.91 per gallon.
A CAUTIOUS APPROACH TO THE FUTURE OF PRICES
Despite the recent fall in oil prices, analysts remain cautious about the future trend of fuel prices. While gasoline prices have dropped due to decreasing demand and rising supply, turmoil in the Middle East could have unforeseeable effects on oil prices. "For now, the national average is likely to soon fall to its lowest level in six months," says Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. "I believe the national average still has some 15-35 cents of declining to do the way things stand now."
DROPS ACROSS AMERICA THIS FALL SEASON
Neighboring areas are also seeing drops in gas prices, with Tacoma reporting an 18.5 cent decrease from last week to $4.75 per gallon and Seattle's average price dropping to $5.06 per gallon from last week's $5.19. However, cities in the Great Lakes region may experience price cycles in the coming weeks, as stations often pass along price changes there faster than in other areas.
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