Yesterday’s gas prices held a national average of $2.51 — 38 cents more than the same time last year, according to AAA Kansas. The state’s average, as of Monday, was $2.36, up 45 cents from 2016.

AAA reported that although it looks like gas prices will go down between now and Dec. 31, drivers will still be paying the highest they have in three years during this time.

“Despite a forecasted 5- to 20-cent decrease in coming weeks, motorists will see higher than expected December gas prices — especially compared to year-end prices from 2015 and 2016,” Shawn Steward, AAA Kansas spokesman, said in a news release. “Driving factors for cheaper gas prices across the country this winter include colder temperatures, the threat of inclement weather and online shopping.”

Lower winter gas prices have been credited to Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey, as well as “steady consumer demand and continued growth in gasoline exports,” according to the news release.

2017’s high price was $2.67 on Sept. 11, and its low so far was $2.23 on July 5. Gas priced at $2.25 can be found at 9 percent of Kansas gas stations currently. In states such as Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, this price can only be found at less than one percent of gas stations. Cheaper gas is expected during the first quarter of 2018.

According to AAA Kansas, St. Francis in Cheyenne County has the week’s highest price at $2.64, while Cunningham in Kingman County holds the lowest at $2.23.