Delaware gas prices up slightly as national figures show heftier increase

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Delaware gas prices rose a couple of pennies in the past week as the gap widened between national and state averages.

As of Monday, the First State average gas price was about 12 cents lower than the national figure, after a period when the two were within a few cents of each other.

AAA reported that the upward trend is likely to continue as travelers start heading out of town for spring break.

Once again, warehouse clubs Costco and BJ’s had the lowest prices, at or below the $3 a gallon mark.

“We’re entering spring break season, and historically, March and April bring higher gas prices as demand rises,” said Aixa Diaz, AAA spokesperson. “With milder temperatures come more road trips, and this time of year tends to be a precursor to the summer driving season.”

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According to new data from the Energy Information Administration, gas demand increased from 8.2 to 8.47 million barrels a day last week. Meanwhile, total domestic gasoline stocks declined by 2.8 million barrels to 244.2 million barrels.

Crude oil crossed the $80 a barrel mark on Friday as Middle East tensions and increased demand influenced the market.

Delaware average gas prices

TimeframeRegularMid-GradePremiumDiesel
Current Avg.$3.228$3.740$4.018$4.063
Yesterday Avg.$3.221$3.720$4.006$4.080
Week Ago Avg.$3.212$3.719$4.020$4.118
Month Ago Avg.$3.158$3.659$3.958$3.942
Year Ago Avg.$3.187$3.612$3.885$4.153
(From AAA)

According to new data from the Energy Information Administration, gas demand increased from 8.2 to 8.47 million barrels a day last week. Meanwhile, total domestic gasoline stocks declined by 2.8 million barrels to 244.2 million.

Crude oil crossed the $80 a barrel mark on Friday but dropped below that figure on Monday.

Drivers can find current gas prices in their neighborhood with AAA’s Fuel Finder.

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