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Cheaper gas as summer approaches

Gas prices across Virginia are dropping as summer draws closer, and the state is ranked as the ninth least expensive nationally, AAA Tidewater announced on Monday.

The average price for a gallon of gasoline in Virginia was $2.55 on Monday, which was 19 cents less than last year, an 11-cent dip from last month and a two-cent decrease from last week, according to the press release.

Drivers are paying slightly more than the state average at $2.56 as of Monday, but that’s also three cents cheaper than last week and 21 cents cheaper than last year.

“Gas prices have been trending lower now for the past month and there are no signs of pump prices changing gears toward more expensive for the summer season,” Georjeane Blumling, spokeswoman for AAA Tidewater Virginia, stated in the press release.

Gasbuddy.com on Tuesday afternoon recorded regular gas prices at Suffolk pumps that ranged from $2.40 to $2.69, which is a sizable drop compared to the $2.47-to-$2.69 range that was recorded on May 23.