Gas prices climb in Rhode Island, Massachusetts

GASOLINE PRICES in Rhode Island jumped 2 cents higher than last week, AAA Northeast said. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER
GASOLINE PRICES in Rhode Island jumped 2 cents higher than last week, AAA Northeast said. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

PROVIDENCE – Gasoline prices rose 2 cents in Rhode Island and Massachusetts from last week, AAA Northeast said Monday.

“These higher prices are in line with analysts’ predictions for the spring and summer,” Lloyd Albert, senior vice president of public and government affairs for AAA Northeast, said in a statement. “The nicer weather brings with it greater demand, which should lead to increasing prices over the coming months.”

In Rhode Island, self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline is averaging $2.26 per gallon, which is 8 cents below the national average of $2.34. A year ago, the average price in Rhode Island was $2.05.

Prices for unleaded regular in the Ocean State range from $2.15 to $2.35, with midgrade unleaded at $2.56; premium unleaded, $2.73; and diesel, $2.54.

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In Massachusetts, self-serve, regular unleaded is averaging $2.20 per gallon, which is 14 cents below the national average. A year ago, the average price in Massachusetts was $1.99.

Prices for unleaded regular in the Bay State range from $2.07 to $2.39, with midgrade unleaded at $2.43; premium unleaded, $2.60; and diesel, $2.54.