BATAVIA, IL — Despite the frigid temperatures this week, the weather in January has been “relatively mild” in much of the nation, contributing to a higher demand for gas prices, according to AAA.
As of Wednesday, the average price for a gallon of gas in Illinois was $3.67 — that’s up 38 cents from a month ago, according to AAA.
At around $3.70 per gallon in Kane County, gas prices were slightly above the state average. Nationally, the price per gallon of gas is going for an average of $3.50 Wednesday.
An AAA spokesperson said increased demand and higher global oil prices are to blame for the uptick in gas prices.
“January’s weather was relatively mild in much of the nation, which led to more drivers hitting the road,” Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson, said in a statement. “However, a return of wintery conditions in February may see a revival of seasonal driving patterns, but with the cost of oil stubbornly hovering around $80 per barrel, drivers probably won’t catch a big break at the pump over the next week or two.”
According to GasBuddy, the cheapest gas in Batavia is selling for $3.54 per gallon at Walmart, 885 N. Randall Road. Here is what other stations around town are charging:
- Speedway, 1495 E. Wilson St.: $3.63 per gallon
- Mobil, 710 E. Fabyan Parkway: $3.64 per gallon
- BP, 200 N. Randall Road: $3.69 per gallon
- Shell, 164 S. Randall Road: $3.69 per gallon
- Shell, 200 E. Fabyan Parkway: $3.69 per gallon