RIVERSIDE — Gasoline prices in Riverside have risen 2.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.18/g on Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 481 stations in Riverside. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.8 cents per gallon versus last week to $2.25/g, according to GasBuddy.

Average gasoline prices on Feb. 4 in Riverside have ranged widely over the last five years: $3.36/g in 2018, $2.82/g in 2017, $2.67/g in 2016, $2.44/g in 2015 and $3.57/g in 2014.

Including the change locally during the past week, prices yesterday were 18.0 cents per gallon lower than a year ago and are 5.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has increased 1.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 34.6 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

Areas near Riverside and their current gasoline price climate:

  • San Bernardino — $3.15/g, up 0.7 cents per gallon from last week’s $3.15/g.
  • Orange County — $3.27/g, up 3.1 cents per gallon from last week’s $3.24/g.
  • Los Angeles — $3.28/g, up 1.5 cents per gallon from last week’s $3.26/g.

“While oil prices have risen to their highest in months on the instability in Venezuela’s political situation, gasoline demand has remained weak and supply strong, thus keeping increases firmly in check,” Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, said in a prepared statement. “As the record gasoline supply continues to overshadow markets ahead of the road to summer gasoline, any updrafts at the pump will be small and limited for now, but once the transition begins, the supply overhang will be drawn down in short order as refiners liquidate winter gasoline, ushering in eventually higher prices come late-February and early March.”

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