National, state gas averages drop

For the first time since mid-March, national and statewide gas averages have dropped compared to last week.

As of June 20 a gallon of regular gas in The Nutmeg State averages $2.45, a penny lower than this time last week. Average prices also are down $.51 cents compared to this time last year.

Nationally, a similar story is playing out: national average prices on Monday, June 20 averaged $2.33, down $.06 cents compared to this time last week;  and down $.47 cents compared to this time last year.

Could it be that the Spirit of the Summer Solstice is blessing motorists, who plan to hit the road this summer, with lower gas prices? The oil ‘gods’ say a strong dollar; dropping crude oil prices; and ample supplies may have stemmed the recent price ascent on the statewide and national levels.

AAA’s weekly survey of prices in the Nutmeg State’s four regional areas as follows:

  • Greater Bridgeport/Stamford $2.52

  • New Haven/Meriden $2.44

  • Greater Hartford $2.43

  • New London/Norwich $2.44

  • Statewide average $2.45

California and Hawaii at $2.86 and $2.75, respectively, lead the pack as the states with the highest averages. South Carolina and Mississippi at $2.03 and $2.07, respectively, continue to follow up the bottom of the list as the states with the lowest prices. CT moved up one spot, to 14 th place in terms of the highest prices in the nation. A full rundown of gas prices is available on the revamped national AAA website .

AAA Northeast is a not-for-profit auto club with 62 offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey providing more than 6 million local AAA members with travel, insurance, finance, and auto-related services.