Gas prices continue falling.
The Kansas average price for regular unleaded gasoline has fallen 33 of the last 35 days.
“For several weeks, Topeka has had the lowest prices of any of the metro cities,” Jim Hanni, AAA Kansas spokesman, said. “Today, we're seeing Wichita take about a 2 cent per gallon lead over Topeka. But it's really very, very, very close.”
The average for regular unleaded gas in Wichita is $2.05 per gallon versus Topeka’s $2.07.
In McPherson, several stations are reporting $2.09 a gallon, with the highest at $2.39.
Hesston and Moundridge are reporting $1.99 per gallon, with Inman between $1.99 and $2.05. Lindsborg is reporting between $2.05 and $2.17, with Canton at $2.14 a gallon.
The cheapest gas in Kansas right now is being reported in Augusta at around $1.85 a gallon. A gas station in Ashland has the highest at $3.04.
Nationally, Kansas is nearly 13 cents below the average of $2.29.
“In addition to the seasonal switchover to less expensive winter-blend gasoline, the fall months are also a time when refineries go offline to conduct seasonal maintenance,” Hanni said. “This is intentionally scheduled during the months when demand for gasoline and heating oil is relatively low, and it is not uncommon for pump prices to decline during this time of year due to decreased driving demand and the cost savings associated with winter-blend gasoline.”
Hanni added that, with global markets holding steady and a predicted heavier-than-usual fall maintenance season, prices are not expected to to climb this fall.