SoCal sees record 1-month rise in gas prices

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Southern California has seen its biggest ever one-month rise in gasoline prices, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California’s weekend gas watch.

Gas-pump-2The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in the varying regions of Southern California has now climbed 57 to 59 cents since last month.

“We looked at all of the one-month spikes that could have been bigger since the year 2000 and this was bigger than any of those,” said Marie Montgomery, a spokeswoman for the Automobile Club.

Montgomery added that she knew the region’s motorists were taking a big hit when she realized “We’re almost paying Wailuku prices for gasoline.”

Wailuku, in case you don’t know, is on the island of Maui, in Hawaii. That’s a state that is notorious for usually having the highest or next-highest gasoline prices in the U.S.

Today in Wailuku, the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is $4.399.

The average price of regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $4.316 per gallon, which is 11.3 cents more than last week, 57 cents higher than last month, and 23 cents higher than last year.

In San Diego, the average price is $4.285, 10.2 cents above last week, 58 cents above last month, and 20 cents higher than last year.

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