Drivers in Central and Eastern Washington are seeing another spike in gas prices this week. Officials at GasBuddy says average gasoline prices in Yakima have risen 38.0 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $5.01 per gallon today, according to GasBuddy's survey of 91 stations in Yakima.
Prices in Yakima are 63.4 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and a  $1.33 per gallon higher than a year ago.

Diesel prices are down this week

If you fill your vehicle with diesel GasBuddy says the national average price of diesel has declined 2.9 cents in the last week and stands at $4.86 per gallon.
GasBuddy says the lowest price in the state yesterday was $3.93/g while the highest was $5.99/g, a difference of $2.06/g.
On the National side the price of gas is up 11.1 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.78 per gallong today.
The national average is up 0.4 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 59.8 cents 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.

Could we see another rise in gas prices next week?

"With gas prices continuing to surge on the West Coast and Great Lakes, the national average saw its second straight weekly rise. But at the same time, areas of the Northeast and Gulf Coast have continued to see declines as the the nation experiences sharp differences in trends between regions," says Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. "Some West Coast states saw prices rise 35 to 55 cents per gallon in the last week as refinery issues continued to impact gasoline supply, which fell to its lowest level in a decade in the region, causing prices to skyrocket. While I'm hopeful there will eventually be relief, prices could go a bit higher before cooling off. In addition, OPEC could decide to cut oil production by a million barrels as the global economy slows down, potentially creating a catalyst that could push gas prices up further."

Historical gasoline prices in Yakima and the national average going back ten years:
October 3, 2021: $3.69/g (U.S. Average: $3.18/g)
October 3, 2020: $2.64/g (U.S. Average: $2.17/g)
October 3, 2019: $3.19/g (U.S. Average: $2.67/g)
October 3, 2018: $3.36/g (U.S. Average: $2.91/g)
October 3, 2017: $2.93/g (U.S. Average: $2.52/g)
October 3, 2016: $2.68/g (U.S. Average: $2.22/g)
October 3, 2015: $2.52/g (U.S. Average: $2.29/g)
October 3, 2014: $3.62/g (U.S. Average: $3.31/g)
October 3, 2013: $3.64/g (U.S. Average: $3.36/g)
October 3, 2012: $4.00/g (U.S. Average: $3.78/g)

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