LIMA — Gas prices in the Lima region has increased by 7.6 cents since last week, according to prices reported to GasBuddy.com.
On Tuesday morning the average price for a gallon of regular gas in Lima was $2.25, while last week’s average was $2.30. Gas prices have decreased 7.3 cents from last month’s average and have decreased by 17.5 cents from last year’s average.
Van Wert County had the lowest average county price in the region at $2.309, passing Hardin County at $2.312. Mercer County’s average was $2.324, Hancock County’s was $2.326, Auglaize County’s was $2.327, Shelby County’s was $2.347, Allen County’s was $2.389, Putnam County’s was $2.399 and Logan County’s was $2.41.
Ohio’s gas prices were down 7.6 cents since last week’s average. The average for Monday was the same as the week before, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 5,345 gas outlets in Ohio. The national average has increased 3 cents per gallon in the last week from $2.42.
Ohio’s gas prices are steady since last year and are down 2.9 cents from last month. The national average has gone up 16.6 cents since last year and is down 4.5 cents since last month.
Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy said that although gas prices are high now, they are expected to change by the New Year.
“With the New Year set to roll in accompanied by a strong cold front, I’d expect gasoline demand to weaken, thus softening the outlook for gas prices in the weeks ahead and eventually delivering lower gas prices,” he said. “Offering a brief glimpse into 2018: motorists won’t be loving what they see, but the devil’s in the details.”
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