Pumping gas file photo

Gas pump. (File photo)

Gasoline prices in Massachusetts have dipped for the first time since November, but don’t get used to it.

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular is down 2 cents from last week, averaging $2.74, AAA Northeast found in its weekly survey of gas stations.

Prices were stable last week after increasing just 1 cent the week before, but had jumped at times by nearly double digits in previous weeks.

The current price is 8 cents higher than a month ago, 70 cents higher than when prices last sank in November, and 69 cents higher than a year ago.

“We anticipate demand will continue to increase throughout the month as vaccinations become more widely available and weather turns warmer,” Mary Maguire of AAA said. “This will lead to fluctuation at the pump throughout the spring season.”

Massachusetts’s average cost is 13 cents lower than the national average, which is up 1 cent at $2.87.

In Rhode Island, regular is down 1 cent, averaging $2.77, AAA said.

Stephen Peterson can be reached at 508-236-0377.

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