PROVIDENCE – The average price of self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline held at $2.56 per gallon this week, 3 cents above the national average of $2.53 per gallon, according to AAA Northeast Monday.
Prices in Rhode Island ranged 30 cents from $2.39 to $2.69 per gallon. Last year at this time, prices were 33 cents lower at $2.23 per gallon.
- Midgrade gasoline averaged $2.90 this week, from $2.82 to $3.06 per gallon.
- Premium gas averaged $3.08 this week, from $2.89 to $3.19 per gallon.
- Diesel fuel averaged $3.03 per gallon, ranging from $2.95 to $3.09 per gallon.
In Massachusetts, regular gas averaged $2.50 per gallon, 1 cent higher than last week.
Prices in Massachusetts ranged 44 cents from $2.35 to $2.79 per gallon. Last year at this time, regular gas was 35 cents lower at $2.15 per gallon.
- Midgrade gas in Massachusetts averaged $2.74 this week, ranging from $2.55 to $2.99 per gallon.
- Massachusetts premium unleaded gas averaged $2.93 this week, ranging from $2.75 to $3.25 per gallon.
- Diesel fuel in the Bay State averaged $2.91 this week, ranging from $2.79 to $3.04 per gallon.
“Motorists will start to see gas prices make their spring hike in early April,” said Lloyd Albert, AAA Northeast senior vice president of public and government affairs, in a statement. “That is when refinery maintenance is expected to be wrapped up and the switchover to more expensive summer-blend gasoline kicks in along with warmer weather and typical increases in demand.”