Gasoline prices in the Houston area have declined by nearly 3 cents in the past week, more than twice the decline of the national average, according to GasBuddy, a fuel-price tracking website.

Houston gas prices fell by 2.9 cents per gallon in the previous week to an average of $1.79 a gallon on Monday, breaking a string of increases over several weeks, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,559 stations. And while the pump price is 16.9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago, it still is about 63 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

The range of gas prices in the Houston area is from $1.49 per gallon to $2.35 a gallon, GasBuddy says.

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The national average price of gasoline has fallen by 1.2 cents per gallon in the past week to $2.17. The national average is up 14.9 cents from June and about 58 cents lower than a year ago.

"With July 4 behind us, we're now half way through the summer driving season, and the pace of gas price increases has finally hit a wall. As of Sunday evening, it appears possible that we may break the nine straight weeks of rising prices thanks to a drop in demand fueled by COVID-19 cases surging in some states," said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. "So far this summer, both holidays have seen the lowest prices since 2004, and its possible that if things don't improve much by Labor Day we could see the rare trifecta of every summer holiday setting multi-year lows."

GasBuddy tracks the price of gasoline at 150,000 stations nationwide.