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Gas prices spike brings averages near 2013 high point

A double-digit spike in Southern California gas prices has brought them near the highest point reached last year, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. As of Friday, the state average is $4.199 a gallon for regular unleaded fuel today, about 13 cents more than last week.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the San Diego metro area is $4.272, nearly 27 cents higher than last month, and more than 30 cents higher than last year.

In the Los Angeles-Long Beach area, the average price is $4.303 per gallon, which is more than 25 cents higher than last month and 31.5 cents higher than a year ago. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $4.26, up about 26 cents over last month, and 29 cents more than last year.

“Local gas prices are now 70 cents a gallon higher than at the end of January,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring in a release. “But there are signs of relief – wholesale prices dropped back down by 20 cents as of Wednesday, and local pump prices seem to be staying steady in the last couple of days.”

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