Following the long holiday weekend, gas price averages on the statewide level and on the national level have stabilized, says AAA Northeast.
Today, Connecticut’s average of $3.19 and the National average of $3.18, are both a penny higher than last week.
Even though Hurricane Ida took nearly 13% of the US refinery capacity offline, refineries are expected to be online later this month.
Gasoline supplies most likely will tighten until refineries resume normal operations, said Fran Mayko, AAA Northeast spokeswoman. “Typically, tighter supplies would mean higher gas prices, but with demand expected to drop as we enter the fall season, price fluctuations will be at a minimum,” she said.
National and statewide averages are expected to stay above $3 a gallon this season, making the summer of 2021 the most expensive summer at the pump in seven years.
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2015, the price of a gallon of self-serve regular on the national level averaged $2.78. However, between those two holidays this year, the average was $3.13.
In Connecticut, the gas prices averaged $2.84 between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2015. This year, the gas price average between the two holidays is $3.14.
Here is AAA’s weekly price survey of Connecticut’s six metro regions:
Greater Bridgeport $3.26 Lower Fairfield County $3.26
New Haven/Meriden $3.17 Greater Hartford $3.15
New London/Norwich $3.21 Windham/Middlesex $3.20
Statewide Average: $3.19
Today, Mississippi and Texas register the lowest prices in the nation at $2.80, and $2.82, respectively. California and Hawaii continue to hold the highest prices in the nation at $4.40 and $4.07, respectively. Connecticut moved down to the 18th spot on the list of highest gas prices in the nation. Average gas prices may be obtained daily through www.gasprices.aaa.com.