Gas prices go over $5 per gallon in Dayton area

The price of gas on Monday went over $5 a gallon at Dayton-area gas stations.

Patrick De Haan, the head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, predicted last week that the average price of regular unleaded gasoline in Ohio would reach $5 this month.

The Ohio average was $4.84 on Monday, slightly lower than the national average of $4.87, according to to GasBuddy, which tracks real-time gas prices across the United States.

A separate measure by AAA had the Ohio average at $4.83 on Monday. AAA reports that the average price of regular gas in in the Dayton area is $4.84 per gallon. The average price of premium gasoline is $5.49.

The average price for a gallon of gas increased from 11 cents from Tuesday to Wednesday last week at multiple gas stations in the Dayton area, according to GasBuddy.

This week, prices have gone up from $4.79 to $4.89, $4.99 and even $5.06 a gallon, according to the GasBuddy map.

“It’s awful,” Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, told the Dayton Daily News. “I would not have expected at the start of the year that we’d be seeing gas prices so high, but a lot has changed since the start of the year and unfortunately, I don’t think it’s going to get much better for quite some time. I think it’s going to get worse before it gets better.”

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Prices at some gas stations such as the Marathon on Valley Street passed the $5 mark. Other gas stations, such as Shell located on 1326 N. Fairfield Road in Beavercreek, edged close to $5 with $4.99.

In Huber Heights, the Speedway at 6498 Old Troy Pike and Sunoco on 5990 Old Troy Pike were also at the $4.99 mark.

The Marathon at 2501 Springfield Jamestown Road in Springfield was up to $4.89.

Cincinnati is also seeing increased prices with $5 at Shell on 30 E. Liberty Street and $5.19 on 2330 Reading Road.

“It’s just absolutely mind-blowing to see how quickly prices have gone up,” De Haan said.

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