The price of gasoline in Houston and across the country resumed its seasonal rise as refiners complete the transition to pricier summer-grade fuels.
The average cost of a gallon of regular unleaded in the Houston area increased by 4.7 cents last week to $2.48, while the national average rose 5.2 cents to $2.71 a gallon, according to GasBuddy, which tracks fuel prices nationwide.
In Houston, gasoline costs about 21 cents more than it did at this time last year. Nationally, prices have increased by about 30 cents during the same period and reached their highest levels since July 2015, according to GasBuddy.
Gasoline traditionally becomes more expensive in the spring as refiners complete seasonal maintenance and switch to pricier fuel blends that help reduce emissions during the busy summer driving season.
Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, said he expects the cost surge to taper off in May, when prices typically peak.
“We’re likely in the closing innings of the seasonal rise,” he said. “Let’s just hope we don’t go to extra innings.”