As temperatures start to decline, gas prices continue to be on the rise.
Gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 4.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.59/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 201 stations in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.2 cents per gallon versus last week to $2.91/gallon, according to GasBuddy.
Areas near Modesto and their current gas price climate include: Stockton - $3.62/gallon, up 6.8 cents per gallon from last week’s $3.55; Oakland - $3.81, up 5.4 cents from $3.76; and San Jose - $3.78, up 4.9 cents from last week’s $3.74/gallon.
Including the change locally during the past week, prices Sunday were 68.4 cents per gallon higher than a year ago and are 17.9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 6.0 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 43.7 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.
Average gasoline prices on Oct. 8 in Modesto have ranged widely over the last five years: $2.90/gallon in 2017, $2.61 in 2016, $2.61 in 2015, $3.49 in 2014 and $3.72/gallon in 2013.
“The national average gas price has broken out of a well-established rut, climbing above $2.90 per gallon for the first time since mid-June on rising oil prices ahead of the reinstatement of sanctions against Iran and OPEC failing to pump enough oil to meet robust demand,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “We may see prices continue to lift ahead of the mid-terms, however completely unrelated to the elections, but due to constant threats from an improving economy: higher demand and lower supply is tipping the balance of the oil market and pushing prices higher.”
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