ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 1.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.23 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia.
This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.34, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices Sunday were 42.5 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 5.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 10.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 43.0 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices on January 16 in Georgia have ranged widely over the last five years:
$1.81 per gallon in 2016, $2.02 per gallon in 2015, $3.19 per gallon in 2014, $3.30 per gallon in 2013 and $3.36 per gallon in 2012.
Some metro areas and their current gas price climate:
Augusta- $2.14, down 1.7 cents per gallon from last week's $2.16.
Macon- $2.20, down 3.6 cents per gallon from last week's $2.24.
Atlanta- $2.26, down 1.6 cents per gallon from last week's $2.28.
"For the first time since November, the national average price for gasoline has fallen over the last week, helped by weak demand and rising gasoline inventories," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy. "This downward trend is evident in over two-thirds of states but may take additional time to materialize in others, yet is a familiar pattern for late winter as refiners build inventories prior to the late-February start of refinery maintenance season and thanks to the year's weakest demand occurring over the next four weeks."
But don't expect the trend to last long. After Valentine's Day, expect a hike at the pump as maintenance season begins, and the long transition to summer gasoline becomes a pinch point, leading to gas prices that will mostly trend higher for two to three months.