Gas prices jump in Rhode Island, Mass. this week

GAS PRICES in Rhode Island and Massachusetts increased 8 cents and 6 cents, respectively, this week. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/PAUL THOMAS
GAS PRICES in Rhode Island and Massachusetts increased 8 cents and 6 cents, respectively, this week. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/PAUL THOMAS

PROVIDENCE – The average price of self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline in Rhode Island increased 8 cents to $2.63 per gallon this week, 20 cents less than the national average of $2.83 per gallon and 2 cents lower than prices last year, according to AAA Northeast Monday.

Prices ranged 40 cents, from $2.49 to $2.89 per gallon.

“Spring gas prices continue to climb as the switchover to summer blend gasoline, which is more expensive to produce, becomes more prevalent,” said Lloyd Albert, AAA Northeast senior vice president of public and government affairs. “Demand has skyrocketed in the last few weeks, and while prices locally are significantly below the national average, they are still up 21 cents since the start of the year.”

  • Midgrade gas averaged $2.90 this week, ranging from $2.77 to $3.16 per gallon
  • Premium gas averaged $3.09, ranging from $2.97 to $3.30 per gallon
  • Diesel fuel averaged $3.09 per gallon, ranging from $2.99 to $3.27 per gallon

In Massachusetts, the average price of regular gas increased 6 cents to $2.61 per gallon, ranging from $2.45 to $3.05 per gallon. Prices in Massachusetts were 22 cents lower than the national average and 1 cent higher than at this time last year.

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  • Midgrade gas in the Bay State averaged $2.79 per gallon, ranging from $2.65 to $3.09 per gallon
  • Premium gas averaged $2.99 per gallon, ranging from $2.75 to $3.29 per gallon
  • Diesel fuel averaged $3.06 per gallon, ranging from $2.75 to $3.39 per gallon