Autumn gas prices likely to dip

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Gas prices in the Wichita area averaged $2.11 a gallon, down 4 cents in the past week, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of local gas stations in the area.

The national average price was $2.19 a gallon. The forecast for fall is for downward pressure on gas prices, said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.

“With the summer driving season now behind us, what we see ahead looks terrific for motorists,” said DeHaan, in a statement. “Demand decreases for gasoline will accelerate as we progress toward autumn, and combined with the return of winter gasoline next week Friday, gasoline prices will track lower more often than the opposite.”

“The only possible wrench could be a major hurricane that takes aim for the Gulf of Mexico, where many oil rigs and refiners are located, or a sudden cut in oil output from OPEC.”