The unofficial end of summer is right around the corner, and falling gas prices are making it a little easier to enjoy the three-day Labor Day weekend.
However, AAA Kansas warns motorists in the Sunflower State “could see slight uptick” in gas prices for the holiday weekend, which will begin Saturday and continue through Monday.
Gas prices in Kansas have been on the decline over the past few weeks,” said Jennifer Haugh, AAA Kansas, in a press release. On Monday, the statewide average was $2.62, which is down 3 cents from a week ago and 5 cents from a month ago.
“With Labor Day approaching,” Haugh said, “motorists could see a small swing towards higher gas prices, but we don’t anticipate any jump lasting past the holiday weekend.”
Last year’s Labor Day weekend saw gas prices spike, but that increase was largely owed to the effects of Hurricane Harvey, which battered Texas and the Gulf Coast, shutting down refineries and pipelines and driving gas prices toward their highest point of 2017.
Despite no expected hurricane activity this Labor Day weekend, AAA Kansas says, gas prices will be at their highest point for the holiday since 2014.
A year ago, the Kansas average was $2.21. Though Kansas is now 41 cents higher, it has the 11th cheapest gas in the nation, and is 22 cents below the current national average of $2.85.
“Several states in our region — including Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas — are all among the nation’s top 10 in lowest gas prices,” Haugh said, “so if you’re traveling close to home this Labor Day, your wallet won’t be taking a big hit.”