If you find gasoline selling for less than $3.60 a gallon in the South Sound this week, fill up.
Gas prices are rising quickly in the region with increases of nearly 8 cents a gallon in the last week in the South Sound. Those average prices are up 20 cents a gallon in the last month.
The average price for a gallon of unleaded regular in the Tacoma area Tuesday was near $3.81 a gallon, but at least nine service stations in the area were selling gas for under $3.60 a gallon according to TacomaGasPrices.com.
Among those Tacoma-area bargain retailers were two Costcos, several Arcos and Safeway gas stations. In the Olympia area, no gas stations were below $3.60. The lowest price in Thurston County Tuesday was $3.64 a gallon at the Steamboat Trading Post, 6610 Sexton Drive NW.
Though federal energy officials are predicting gas prices over the summer will be lower this year than last nationwide, prices here now exceed the national average by about 20 cents a gallon.
Present average prices here are about 18 cents more than they were here last year at this time.
Gas prices have risen very steadily in Western Washington since February 3 when the average was $3.29 a gallon, the lowest average for 2014 thus far.
What the market hasn't done this year is fluctuate wildly as it did in 2013 when gas prices hit $4.03 a gallon early in the spring, then fell steeply in April before rebounding to over $4 again in May.