Feeling pain at the gas pump lately? It’s not your imagination.

Average retail gasoline prices in Riverside have risen 4.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.44 per gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 481 gas outlets in Riverside. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.60 per gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Riverside during the past week, prices yesterday were 47.5 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 9.3 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 9.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 32.3 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices on March 26 in Riverside have ranged widely over the past five years: $2.96 per gallon in 2017, $2.80 per gallon in 2016, $3.25 per gallon in 2015, $3.98 per gallon in 2014 and $4.07 per gallon in 2013.

Areas near Riverside and their current gas price climate:

  • San Bernardino- $3.41 per gallon, up 4.7 cents per gallon from last week’s $3.36 per gallon.
  • Orange County- $3.49 per gallon, up 3.6 cents per gallon from last week’s $3.46 per gallon.
  • Los Angeles- $3.54 per gallon, up 4.4 cents per gallon from last week’s $3.49 per gallon.

“The jump at the pump has continued unabated over the last week as oil prices have rallied and the typical spring fever starts to grip energy markets, causing gas prices to continue to accelerate,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy in a prepared statement. “The Great Lakes led the region as the region cycled one step closer to the final summer-spec gasoline in the last week, and with the change, a price rise that was passed on from the wholesale to retail level, pushing their prices to tie for the highest prices in a couple years. Much of the rest of the country also saw prices rise, albeit a tamer rise. As March wraps up, gas prices are going out like a small lion, but there may be a larger lion looming in the weeks ahead. The surge at the pump is by no means over just yet.”

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