Drivers are seeing little movement in gas prices on the national and statewide levels even though gasoline demand is increasing because of better weather and looser travel restrictions, says AAA Northeast.
In Connecticut today’s average price of $2.89 is a penny higher than last week, but 90 cents higher than last year.
Today’s national average for a gallon of self-serve, regular is $2.87, a penny higher than last week. The price is also $1.05 higher than last year when it was prime quarantine time throughout the nation.
“As refinery operations return to pre-pandemic levels and inventories continue to increase, drivers are seeing flat prices at the pump,” said Fran Mayko, AAA Northeast spokeswoman. “There’s a good possibility this action, if it continues, will offset increases in demand and help the national average stay below $3 a gallon.”
“On the other hand, however, if crude prices rise, drivers could see small increases at the pump by the end of the month,” she added.
Here is AAA’s weekly price survey of Connecticut’s six metro regions:
Greater Bridgeport $2.95 Lower Fairfield County $2.95
New Haven/Meriden $2.88 Greater Hartford $2.85
New London/Norwich $2.92 Windham/Middlesex $2.89
Statewide Average: $2.89
Today, Texas and Mississippi both register the lowest prices in the nation at $2.57, followed South Carolina at $2.58. California and Hawaii continue to hold the highest prices in the nation speat $3.97 and $3.73, respectively. Connecticut moved up one spot to the 16th place on the list of highest gas prices in the nation. Average gas prices may be obtained daily through www.gasprices.aaa.com.