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Average San Diego County gas price rises to highest amount since Oct. 31

The average price has risen 47 of the past 51 days, increasing 62.4 cents, including 3.1 cents Tuesday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.

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The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose Wednesday to its highest amount since Oct. 31, increasing 2.7 cents to $5.573.

The average price has risen 47 of the past 51 days, increasing 62.4 cents, including 3.1 cents Tuesday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.

The average price rose 35 consecutive days, dropped three of the next four days and increased 11 of the past 12 days.

The average price is 15.6 cents more than one week ago, 37.2 cents higher than one month ago and 20.4 cents above what it was one year ago. It has dropped 86.2 cents since rising to a record $6.435 on Oct. 5.

The national average price rose 1.2 cents to $3.848, the sixth consecutive increase since a run of six decreases in seven days totaling 2.4 cents ended Thursday when it was unchanged.

The national average price is 4.5 cents more than one week ago and 14.1 cents higher than one year ago but unchanged from one month ago. It has dropped $1.168 since rising to a record $5.016 on June 14, 2022.

"The national average hit some road bumps over the last week after starting to decline early in the week," said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, which provides real-time gas price information from more than 150,000 stations.

"The second half saw the national average rise as gas prices in the Corn Belt started spiking, pulling the average price in the US along with it. In addition, the West Coast saw more refinery snags, pushing gas prices higher, and so areas of the West Coast got punched along with the Corn Belt states.

`With most of the nation switching back to cheaper winter gasoline on Saturday, we should see more price decreases for most of the nation in the weeks ahead, barring further refinery disruptions and hurricane season. Fall tends to bring falling gas prices, and I'm hoping this year won't be any different."

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