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Low gas prices expected for Memorial Day
Memorial Day is traditionally seen as the start of summer – and of higher gas prices for the season. But not this year. Arizona is experiencing its lowest gas prices for the holiday weekend in three years.
The average price per gallon is now $3.45 in the state, down about 30 cents from last year. AAA spokeswoman Stephanie Dembowki says this flies in the face of the normal price spike that usually occurs. She does caution that unforeseen events could always swing prices in either direction this summer.
“But right now we’re not really projecting a major shift,” she said. “We think that we might see an uptick or a slight drop here and there.”
Overall, however, Dembowski says prices are expected to remain fairly stable. Right now, the cheapest price per gallon is in Tucson, at $3.18. The most expensive is in Flagstaff at $3.67 per gallon. Arizona is well below the national average of $3.65.