Gasoline prices remain relatively flat this week as demand remains low, but that is expected to end in the next few weeks.
Palm Beach County’s average for a gallon of regular rose to $2.44 from $2.43 a week ago, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report. Florida’s average dropped to $2.27 from $2.28 a week ago.
Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for Gas Buddy.com said that over the next few weeks gas stations are more likely to raise their prices than to lower them as demand begins to recover. Crude oil imports will start to reflect OPEC’s lower output, he said.
The national average typically rises 35 to 65 cents from its low price, usually in February, through Memorial Day, DeHaan said.
Here’s a look at the lowest prices reported locally on GasBuddy.com
Jupiter: $2.39, Circle K, 126 W. Indiantown Road; Mobil, 3950 W. Indiantown Road
Palm Beach Gardens: $2.29, Sunoco, 2490 PGA Blvd.
Lake Park: $2.15, RaceTrac, 200 N. Congress Ave.; Sunoco, 774 Northlake Blvd.; Marathon, 980 Northlake Blvd.; Speedway, 1216 Northlake Blvd.; Murphy USA, 103. N. Congress Ave.
North Palm Beach: $2.20, Citgo, 100 N. Federal Highway
Suburban West Palm Beach: $2.19, 7-Eleven, 1001 N. Military Trail; Speedway, 6840 Okeechobee Blvd.; Marathon, 6917 Okeechobee Blvd.; Murphy USA, 1050 N. Military Trail; Exxon, 3066 N. Military Trail
Suburban Lake Worth: $2.16, RaceTrac, 3032 Lake Worth Road and Congress Ave.; Speedway, 3965 Congress Ave.
Lantana: $2.16, Costco, 1873 W. Lantana Road
Boynton Beach: $2.19, BJ’s Wholesale Club, 1540 W. Boynton Beach Blvd.
Wellington: $2.33, Shell, 192 U.S. 441