Okay, we’ve got the weather to co-operate, where the past few days it is more enjoyable and not so humid.

Next, can we do something about the all of a sudden rising gas prices.

The temperatures may be falling, but the cost of a gallon of gasoline has been rising.

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Gas prices in Maine are at a high for this Calendar year. And part of the blame is the heat wave we had.

Gas prices are mostly attributed to increasing oil prices, but this summer’s heat wave has further boosted pump prices because extreme heat prevents refineries from running at full capacity.

We are seeing refiners in Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee and some other states struggle to run anywhere near at maximum rates.

Said Tom Kloza, global head of energy analysis at Oil Price Information Service.

And the soaring prices are coming at a time when the U.S. needs to refill its oil reserves.

Photo by Chris Haws on Unsplash
Photo by Chris Haws on Unsplash

The National Average jumped 13 cents in the past week to $3.71.

The cheapest in Maine when checking yesterday was Livermore at $3.32 a gallon.

In Bangor there were several stations between $3.60 and $3.65 according to Gas Buddy.

We were just over $3 a gallon when the 2023 began.   Between a 15 and a 20% increase.

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Nothing to indicate that we will get back to that price anytime soon, but we can always hope. Just like hoping for over a billion dollars with a winning lottery ticket.

LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving

To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.

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