Gasoline prices in Florida dipped below $3 a gallon over the weekend of Christmas

The cost of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Florida dropped below $3 on Friday because holiday motorists brought prices down. The AAA auto club stated the state’s average price was $2.99 per gallon. That was down a steep 10 cents from a week earlier and about one cent under a national average.

In Miami-Dade County, the average price of regular was $3.12 a gallon, while in Broward County, it was $3.06 a gallon. The last time Florida dipped below $3 a gallon was in August 2021. Its average price peaked at $4.89 on June 13.

Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis by the platform GasBuddy, reported this week that a rise in crude-oil prices could end a five-week decrease in pump costs.

“We’ve seen a bounce in oil prices and wholesale gas prices,” De Haan said on Twitter. “We’re basically close to the bottom and rising in some areas.”

The lowest prices in Florida were often sent to the Pensacola and Panama City areas, where the average price per gallon was just $2.81. Sarasota, Daytona Beach, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Orlando, Port St. Lucie, Tampa, and The Villages were also below $3.

The highest averages were in the West Palm Beach metropolitan area, at $3.21; Gainesville, at $3.14; Miami, at $3.12; and Naples, at $3.07.

With information from CBS News

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