Gas prices spike 5-cents; Arizona averages $3.08

While Arizona’s statewide average for a gallon of unleaded gasoline currently stands at $3.08, the Cottonwood Circle K Tuesday morning was selling gasoline for as low as $2.97 a gallon. (VVN/Dan Engler)

While Arizona’s statewide average for a gallon of unleaded gasoline currently stands at $3.08, the Cottonwood Circle K Tuesday morning was selling gasoline for as low as $2.97 a gallon. (VVN/Dan Engler)

COTTONWOOD, Ariz. — Average retail gasoline prices in Arizona have risen 5.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.08/gallon, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,269 gas outlets in Arizona.

This compares with the national average that has increased 1.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.96/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Arizona during the past week, prices were 67.2 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 18.3 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

The national average has increased 15.8 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 60.6 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices on May 29 in Arizona have ranged widely over the last five years: $2.40/gallon in 2017, $2.16/gallon in 2016, $2.76/gallon in 2015, $3.50/gallon in 2014 and $3.45/gallon in 2013.

Areas near Arizona and their current gas price climate:

• Las Vegas - $3.29/gallon, up 0.4 cents per gallon from last week’s $3.29/gallon.

• Phoenix - $3.06/gallon, up 3.1 cents per gallon from last week’s $3.03/gallon.

• Tucson - $2.81/gallon, down 0.3 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.81/gallon.

“As the summer driving season gets underway, there’s reason to be optimistic and perhaps happy: OPEC appears ready to raise crude oil production to meet higher global demand, dashing at least for now, the likelihood of seeing the national average hit that ugly $3/gallon mark,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “For now, the national average peaked just under that level and prices are now starting to move ever so slowly lower, but more drops are coming. Crude oil dropped to $66.84 per barrel in electronic trading last night, representing a $5 per barrel loss in less than a week. I can confidently say that gas prices will be moving lower this week and perhaps into next week, so long as nothing comes out of left field to derail the plummet in oil prices. Motorists beware, however- the fall in gas prices will be slow to arrive at some stations and quick at others, so before gleefully filling up, check if you’re getting the best deal in the area.”

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