While gas prices remain high the price is unchanged over the last week in Yakima according to GasBuddy's survey of 91 stations in the Valley. Gas is selling for an average of $4.87 a gallon. They say the price of diesel is up 3.0 cents a gallon in the past week selling for an average of $5.55 a gallon. According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Yakima is priced at $4.25 per gallon while the most expensive is $5.39 per gallon.

Not a lot of good news for future gas prices this summer

On the national side the price of gasoline is unchanged in the last week, averaging $4.46 per gallon today. "Those filling their tanks last week saw another jolt at the pump, as both gasoline and diesel prices continued their multi-week rally," says Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. "New records continued to be set on a near daily basis as the national average edges even closer to $4.50 per gallon. Prices later this week could be closer to $5 per gallon than $4, as demand continues to edge higher and inventories of both gasoline and diesel continue to decline, temperatures warm and motorists get back outside and we near the Memorial Day weekend, the start of the summer driving season. While the increases may start to slow in the days ahead as pump prices catch up to oil, there isn't much reason to be optimistic that we'll see a plunge any time soon."

Remember gas prices in 2016?

Historical gasoline prices in Yakima and the national average going back ten years:
May 16, 2021: $3.44/g (U.S. Average: $3.03/g)
May 16, 2020: $2.16/g (U.S. Average: $1.87/g)
May 16, 2019: $3.43/g (U.S. Average: $2.86/g)
May 16, 2018: $3.28/g (U.S. Average: $2.90/g)
May 16, 2017: $2.86/g (U.S. Average: $2.33/g)
May 16, 2016: $2.43/g (U.S. Average: $2.22/g)
May 16, 2015: $2.83/g (U.S. Average: $2.70/g)
May 16, 2014: $3.84/g (U.S. Average: $3.65/g)
May 16, 2013: $3.79/g (U.S. Average: $3.60/g)
May 16, 2012: $4.15/g (U.S. Average: $3.73/g)

Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:
Tacoma- $4.99/g, unchanged  from last week's $4.99/g.
Seattle- $5.09/g, unchanged  from last week's $5.09/g.
Washington- $4.97/g, unchanged  from last week's $4.97/g.

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