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Lower gas prices expected in Florida this summer – NBC 6 South Florida

On Tuesday, Florida approached the end of May with an average gasoline price of $3.50 per gallon, and even lower prices are expected this summer – hurricane season permitting.

According to the AAA automobile club, the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline on Tuesday was one cent lower than the previous week and seven cents lower than the previous month.

Prices are expected to drop in the summer, but an above-average number of storms are forecast for hurricane season, which begins Saturday.

“Barring Mother Nature (or refinery outages), we expect #gasprices to drop every month throughout the summer, and to see gas for under $3 by the end of the year,” Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, said Thursday in a post on social media platform X.

De Haas added that he was referring to “the national average, not necessarily the local gas station.” Gas stations in Florida and other parts of the Southeast receive gasoline from major pipelines that connect to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico.

Average prices typically vary across Florida, with drivers in the Panhandle paying the lowest amounts and people in South Florida, particularly Palm Beach County, paying the highest amounts, according to figures from AAA.

On Tuesday, average prices ranged from $3.21 per gallon in the Crestview-Fort Walton Beach area to $3.69 in the West Palm Beach-Boca Raton area. The national average price was $3.59 per gallon, according to AAA.

Anna Harden

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