S.C. gas prices dip slightly after rising five weeks

Gasoline prices across South Carolina dipped slightly last week after rising five weeks.

Gasoline prices across South Carolina retreated slightly last week from their five-week rise.

The price fell about 1.3 cents last week to an average of $1.84 a gallon, according to gasoline price service GasBuddy. Motor club AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report puts the price a penny higher.

The price of gasoline across the Palmetto State is still about 24 cents lower than this time last year.

The national average rose 2.1 cents last week to $2.06 a gallon, according to both gas price services. That’s about 34 cents a gallon less than one year ago for the same week.

The price is expected to continue to rise this week as refineries continue their annual switch to federally mandated, cleaner-burning summer gasoline, said Will Speer, GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst.

“As prices now sit at the highest since November 2015, April brings the final phase of the transition to the more expensive summer-blend gasoline,” Speer said. “Southern California was the first region in the United States to complete the summer-blend switchover on Friday, while the rest of the United States follows suit at the end of the month.”

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Oklahoma offers the lowest gasoline prices in the nation at $1.82 a gallon.

In South Carolina, the cheapest fuel can be found in Myrtle Beach at $1.81 a gallon on average, according to AAA. Pumps in Charleston-North Charleston offer the most expensive gasoline at an average of $1.88 a gallon.

In the Charleston area, prices on Monday ranged from $1.76 in West Ashley to $1.94 in North Charleston and on James Island.

Reach Warren L. Wise at 843 937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.