Fort Lauderdale, FL – Just as throngs of American drivers prepare to hit the road for Memorial Day, gas prices performed a dramatic about-face and rose three cents per gallon on the week, according to the latest weekly price survey from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The nation’s average gas price is now $2.40 per gallon, lead by sharp increases in prices in California, and across the Midwest and New England.
The price of diesel dropped, although only slightly, according to the E.I.A. report. The nation’s average diesel driver paid about a half-penny less for fuel this week, although the drop was not enough to move the needle on the average pricing. That figure remains $2.54 per gallon for a consecutive week.
Regional cost averages for both gasoline and diesel are listed below, ranked from highest to lowest price.
Regional Gasoline Averages:
$2.933: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.656: PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.442: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.393: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.381: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.327: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.315: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.221: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.149: PADD 3 GULF COAST
Regional Diesel Averages:
$2.828: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.733: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.629: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.626: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.588: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.479: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.468: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.384: PADD 3 GULF COAST
Note: PADD is an acronym for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts.