Gas prices have increased for five consecutive weeks, and they actually are ahead of this week’s projections in Hagerstown, according to the AAA Mid-Atlantic Weekend Gas Watch and the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report on its website at fuelgaugereport.aaa.com.
The national average for regular-grade gas on Tuesday was at $3.63 per gallon, up from $3.50 the previous week, according to the report. It rose in Hagerstown from $3.40 to $3.54 per gallon, and the average throughout the state of Maryland rose from $3.48 per gallon to $3.61.
Around the Hagerstown area, Sheetz on Eastern Boulevard sold regular-grade gas at $3.58 per gallon Tuesday, but it was $3.55 with company discounts. Plus grade was at $3.68, and the company’s 93-octane super grade was at $3.88. A diesel option also was offered at $3.79 per gallon.
BP on Dual Highway sold regular-grade gas at $3.59 per gallon, silver grade at $3.69 per gallon and the company’s 93-octane ultimate grade at $3.93 per gallon.
Liberty on Sharpsburg Pike south of Interstate 70 at Exit 29 sold regular-grade gas at $3.59 per gallon, plus grade at $3.69 and the company’s 93-octane premium grade at $3.79.
Exxon on Alternate U.S. 40 at Md. 68 near Boonsboro sold regular-grade gas at $3.55, plus grade at $3.65 per gallon and the company’s 93-octane supreme grade at $3.85 per gallon. Diesel was offered at $3.79.
Prices rose in Cumberland from $3.44 per gallon last week to $3.49; in Baltimore from $3.47 to $3.60; in the Washington, D.C., suburbs from $3.52 to $3.64; and in Salisbury from $3.39 to $3.59.
Despite the rising averages, they still are 12 cents lower than a year ago in Hagerstown, 7 cents lower than a year ago in Maryland and 4 cents lower than a year ago nationally. However, they are 17 cents higher than a month ago locally, 23 cents higher than a month ago statewide and 25 cents higher than a month ago nationally.
Prices could continue to rise until Labor Day, but they are expected to drop after that, according to the Weekend Gas Watch.