Southern California gas prices have begun to increase after a decline in prices for the past two months, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Weekend Gas Watch.
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego is $3.627, 4.5 cents above last week, 11 cents below last month and 3 cents lower than last year.
In the Los Angeles-Long Beach area, the price is $3.625 per gallon, which is 4 cents more than last week, 13 cents lower than last month and 4 cents lower than last year.
In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $3.592, up 4.8 cents from last week, 13 cents lower than last month and 5 cents less than last year.
On the Central Coast, the price is $3.649, up 2.2 cents from last week, 15 cents lower than a month ago and 2 cents less than last year.
The average price of gasoline across California is $3.58, 5.1 cents higher than last week. For all of 2012, the state average price was $4.028, the highest annual average ever.
“We are coming off the most expensive year in history at the pump for drivers in California and around the U.S.,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “But the bit of good news is that we started 2013 with slightly lower gas prices than on Jan. 1, 2012. The unknown factor for this year is whether California will continue to experience unprecedented price spikes similar to those of 2012.”