About that customary autumn decline at the gas pump that has yet to happen, with average prices well above where they were at this point a year ago?
The wait might soon be over, as analysts predict prices could be about to plummet.
Oil prices have tumbled to six-week lows because of an unexpected record inventory in domestic crude, and motorists are gradually starting to see savings at the pump.
On Monday, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded in the Bradenton-Sarasota area was $2.15, according to AAA, down from $2.18 a week ago.
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Manatee County stations were averaging $2.12 per gallon, compared to $2.15 a week ago, while Sarasota County was at $2.19, a slight drop from $2.20.
A year ago, the average in the Bradenton-Sarasota area was $2.08.
During the past week, the crude oil forecast has gone from $55-60 per barrel to $40 or less, the same level as last winter when prices dipped well below $2 per gallon.
According to AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins, more of the same could be of the way.
“Motorists in Florida will likely see pump prices drop a dime or more in the next week or two,” Jenkins said.
Nearby, the average in Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater was at $2.12, down from $2.16 last week. Statewide, the average was $2.20, a drop from $2.23 a week earlier.
The national average was $2.21, the same as a week ago.