Enjoy the gas prices you're paying now because officials at GasBuddy say some big pain at the pump is on the way. Even though average prices in Yakima have fallen 0.6 cents per gallon in the last week they're still selling for an average of $3.82 a gallon, according to GasBuddy's survey of 91 stations in Yakima.

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Drivers in Yakima are paying 2.1 cents per gallon more than a month ago and stand $1.13 per gallon higher than a year ago.
According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in the valley was in Wapato was priced at $3.38 per gallon yesterday while the most expensive was $3.99 per gallon, a difference of 61.0 cents per gallon.

Gas prices on the national side are up 8 cents a gallon this week

On the national side drivers are paying 8 cents a gallon more this week then they were last week paying an average of $3.82 a gallon. The national average is up 12.3 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 97.5 cents per gallon higher than a year ago, according to GasBuddy data compiled from more than 11 million weekly price reports covering over 150,000 gas stations across the country.

GasBuddy officials say record setting prices are on the way this spring and summer

“Gas prices saw their sharpest rise in months last week as oil surged to $93 per barrel, on continued concerns over Russia invading Ukraine and that there won't be enough supply to meet demand come this summer," says Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. "With the national average at its highest level since 2014, the news is grim: motorists should expect even more price increases, with the larger jumps coming later this spring as a confluence of seasonal factors and the potential flare up in geopolitical tensions. Ultimately, the national average could be pushed to record territory by the start of the summer driving season."

Remember cheap gas prices you were paying just last year?

Historical gasoline prices in Yakima and the national average going back ten years:
February 7, 2021: $2.69/g (U.S. Average: $2.45/g)
February 7, 2020: $2.98/g (U.S. Average: $2.43/g)
February 7, 2019: $2.73/g (U.S. Average: $2.30/g)
February 7, 2018: $2.92/g (U.S. Average: $2.60/g)
February 7, 2017: $2.67/g (U.S. Average: $2.26/g)
February 7, 2016: $1.99/g (U.S. Average: $1.74/g)
February 7, 2015: $2.03/g (U.S. Average: $2.17/g)
February 7, 2014: $3.19/g (U.S. Average: $3.26/g)
February 7, 2013: $3.33/g (U.S. Average: $3.56/g)
February 7, 2012: $3.39/g (U.S. Average: $3.48/g)

Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:
Tacoma- $3.95/g, down 0.9 cents per gallon from last week's $3.96/g.
Seattle- $4.11/g, up 1.3 cents per gallon from last week's $4.10/g.
Washington- $3.93/g, up 0.8 cents per gallon from last week's $3.92/g.

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