Average gas price in Los Angeles County rises to record high at $6.46

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose seven-tenths of a cent to a record high of $6,466 on Monday, topping the previous high of $6,462 set on June 14.

The average price has risen for 31 straight days, rising $1.22, including 1 cent on Sunday and 15.3 cents on Thursday, the biggest daily increase since the record high of 19.2 cents on Oct. 5, 2012, the figures show. of the AAA and the Petroleum Price Information Service. .

The increases on Sunday and Monday are the smallest since a half-cent increase on September 19.

The average price is 62.6 cents higher than a week ago, $1.202 higher than a month ago and $2.05 higher than a year ago.

The streak of increases follows a series of 78 declines in 80 days totaling $1,216 that began on June 15, a day after the average price hit a record high of $6,462.

Orange County’s average price rose a tenth of a cent to $6.423, a day after falling seven tenths of a cent. It rose 4.3 cents on Saturday to a record high of $6.429, surpassing the previous high of $6.41 set on June 12.

Sunday’s decline ended a 12-day streak of increases totaling $1,033, including a 15.9-cent rise on Thursday, the largest daily increase since the record high of 19.5 cents on Oct. 5, 2012.

Orange County’s average price is 59.2 cents higher than a week ago, $1.23 higher than a month ago and $2,044 higher than a year ago.

The rise in prices is the result of insufficient supply to meet demand caused in part by reduced gasoline production at refineries undergoing maintenance, said Marie Montgomery, public relations specialist at the Automobile Club. of Southern California, at City News Service.

Governor Gavin Newsom has asked refineries to switch to their winter gas mix earlier than normal. The blend is generally cheaper, but analysts say it’s unclear how long drivers will see this change at the pump.

Meanwhile, some relief may soon come through gas refund checks for Californians who have filed their 2020 tax returns.

The checks could be deployed as early as Friday.

The national average for a gallon of gasoline is $3.79.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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