Rhode Island gas prices fall 2 cents, to average $2.22

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gas prices have fallen slightly in Rhode Island, to an average $2.22 for a gallon of regular unleaded.

AAA Northeast says its weekly survey released Monday found the average price of a gallon of gas had fallen 2 cents since last week.

Nationally, the price was averaging $2.21 per gallon.

The price is significantly lower than it was at this time last year, when gas was averaging $2.73 per gallon in Rhode Island.

That price is 51 cents higher than today, or 23 percent more.

Massachusetts gas prices are bucking recent trends and falling during the heat of summer.

AAA Northeast reported Monday that the price of self-serve, regular gas has dropped three cents in the past week, to an average of $2.16 per gallon. That’s a nickel below the national average and 50 cents lower than the price in Massachusetts a year ago.

Current prices are also a far cry from eight years ago, when the price at the pump reached as high as $4.08 per gallon in Massachusetts.

AAA found self-serve, regular gas selling for as low as $1.99 per gallon and as high as $2.59.

AAA spokeswoman Mary Maguire says prices usually increase after Memorial Day.

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