LIMA — Shelby County has the lowest county average price for gasoline at $2.31 this week.
Next is Hardin at $2.33 followed by Allen County at $2.34, Hancock at $2.386, Wan Wert at $2.389, Putnam at $2.39, Auglaize at $2.40, Mercer at $2.46 and Logan County at $2.50.
On Monday afternoon, the average price of a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was $2.41, while last week’s average was $2.48. Gas prices have increased 3.3 cents from last month’s average and have increased 2.4 cents from last year’s average.
Gas prices in the Lima region have decreased 16.7 cents since last week, according to prices reported to GasBuddy.com. Ohio’s gas prices were up 7.6 cents since last week. The average for Sunday was down 2.9 cents at $2.43, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 5,345 gas outlets in Ohio.
The national average has increased 0.7 cents per gallon in the last week from $2.48. Gas prices has gone up 11.4 cents since last year and is up 2 cents since last month.
The current gas prices are higher than they were nearly all of last summer because of the extreme cold weather, which has created a mess at refineries, according Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.
However, because of the build of inventories of refined products within the last week DeHaan believes that there’s a high possibility that the national gas average will fall toward the end of January.
“I must caution motorists, however, that any downturn would likely be short-lived as gas prices typically begin moving higher after the sweetness of Valentines Day has worn off as refiners begin maintenance and the long road to summer gasoline begins,” said DeHaan.
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