Gas prices continue to rise along with the temperatures as the summer driving season hits its peak, with AAA on Thursday reporting a statewide average gas price of $2.54 for a gallon of regular unleaded — 7 cents more than last week.
That price is now just 9 cents less than during this time last year. The U.S. average gas price rose 4 cents on the week, to $2.79 a gallon — 7 cents less than in 2018.
Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas, drivers in Midland are paying the most on average at $2.70, while drivers in McAllen are paying the least at $2.39 per gallon.
Closer to home, gas prices across the Dallas-Fort Worth region soared on the week, with the average price up 12 cents in both Dallas and Fort Worth-Arlington, to $2.64 a gallon.
In Denton, GasBuddy.com on Thursday listed the lowest available price as $2.49 a gallon, found at the Alon station off FM428 and Warshun Road.
Gas prices have increased amid more expensive crude oil prices, robust demand and decreasing gasoline stocks, AAA reported. The summer driving season is in full swing, and as the weather warms up more people are hitting the roads for vacations and quick getaways.
Hurricane Barry had minimal impact on gas prices in the region. The one refinery Barry forced to shut down is now in the restart process, and other refineries that were in the storm’s path report few, if any, impacts on operations.