Gas prices at 7-year high for Labor Day travel, but fall relief is expected at the pump

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Some relief is on the way at the pump, but GasBuddy said those traveling for Labor Day 2021 will see higher gas prices.

Prices are expected to average $3.11/gallon, 90 cents higher than Labor Day 2020 and the highest since 2014, according to the analysis firm.

The gas prices for northern West Virginia averaged 3.04/gallon for the week of Aug. 23, 89 cents higher than the average for the same week in 2020.

GasBuddy cited companies re-opening offices and increased travel for the higher prices but cautioned the delta COVID-19 variant is making predictions difficult.

“While Covid continues to have a leading role in gasoline demand and companies plan their return to office, prices may be less predictable than normal. However, seasonality will persist, and that means less gasoline demand as we progress through fall and into winter, and cost savings from the switch back to cheaper winter gasoline in mid-September,” said Patrick De Hann, GasBuddy Head of Petroleum Analysis.

The switch back to the winter gasoline blend and drop in demand toward the holiday season should lead to further price decreases toward the end of the year, De Hann added.

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