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The lower per-barrel cost of oil hadn't changed much at this Exxon station in Cleveland Park earlier this month, where the price of regular gas was still $4.42. Just two weeks later, the average price in the D.C. area is below $4.
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The lower per-barrel cost of oil hadn't changed much at this Exxon station in Cleveland Park earlier this month, where the price of regular gas was still $4.42. Just two weeks later, the average price in the D.C. area is below $4.

Drivers around the D.C. area are going to get a bit of a break on a tank of gas this week, although prices are still hovering near $4 per gallon.

Gas prices throughout the D.C. Metro area are averaging $3.94, reports the Automobile Association of America for the Mid-Atlantic. That's down from $4.05 at the same time last week.

Maryland's statewide average for a gallon of gas has dropped to $3.90. That is 11 cents lower than a week ago. Virginia's statewide average is down to $3.79.

Armed with that news, travel forecasters predict a slight uptick of 0.2 percent in the number of people traveling to the Eastern Shore over Memorial Day weekend.

While that projected increase is a fraction of the 14 percent hike in travel over the previous year, it will mark the second consecutive year of increase.

Meanwhile, analysts say they believe gas prices overall have peaked for the summer, although the average price per gallon is still running at least a dollar higher than this time last year.

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