TRENTON, N.J. — Gas prices are dropping with the cooling weather in New Jersey and around the country, and analysts expect the decline to continue in the coming weeks.

The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded fell to $2.54 in New Jersey last week, down a penny from the previous week and much lower than the $2.90 at this time last year.

The national average gas price was $2.64 a gallon, two cents lower than last week and also well below the average of $2.90 at this time last year.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says gas prices are following normal fall trends and are expected to continue “cooling off” as healthy gasoline stock levels and stable oil prices combine to give drivers a break at the pump.