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Coast gas prices hit lowest of year

During most years, gas prices rise during the summer tourist season, but this year something else is happening.
During most years, gas prices rise during the summer tourist season, but this year something else is happening. AP File

During most years, gas prices rise during the summer tourist season, but this year something else is happening.

The average price of a gallon of gasoline on Monday hit $2.02, which is the lowest price this year and 2 cents a gallon lower than this time last year.

The previous lowest level on the Coast this year was $2.04 on March 27. The highest was $2.17 on April 17. The average gas price this year in South Mississippi is $2.09, compared to $1.80 at this point in 2016.

Drivers in South Mississippi continue to pay much lower than the national average, which was $2.29 a gallon on Monday, or 27 cents a gallon higher than on the Coast. The lowest national rate this year was $2.27 on Feb. 1 and 8 and the highest was $2.42 on April 24.

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