Gas Prices Continue to Decline

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Prices at the pump continue to decline with the unofficial end of the summer driving season.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says the national average gas price Friday was $2.57 a gallon, down a penny from the previous week and well below the average of $2.85 at this time last year.

Although demand for gasoline remains high, analysts expect prices to keep dropping in the coming weeks and months with the switchover to less expensive winter-blend gasoline. Summer-blend gasoline has a lower volatility to limit evaporative emissions that normally increase with warm weather.