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SoCal drivers face highest Memorial Day weekend gas prices ever

May 24, 2012|By Ronald D. White
  • Motorists fill up at a Mobil station in Boyle Heights. This weekend, Southern California drivers will face record Memorial Day weekend fuel prices.
Motorists fill up at a Mobil station in Boyle Heights. This weekend, Southern… (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles…)

The good news is that the long Memorial Day weekend is almost here. The bad news is that anyone stopping for gasoline in Southern California will, on average, encounter record high prices for the holiday that opens the so-called summer driving season. It will also be a record weekend for the state as a whole, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California.

In 2008, the Memorial Day weekend record for gasoline prices was set when they averaged $4.168 to $4.228 a gallon, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report. Current prices are considerably higher than that, at $4.311 a gallon in California, down just a penny overnight.

But prices were at least lower than they were last week, according to the Auto Club's Weekend Gas Watch. “Gas prices are fortunately decreasing by a penny a day or more right now, but we’re not yet seeing any stations with prices under $4 a gallon as was the case earlier this month,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring.

In the Los Angeles-Long Beach area, the average is $4.332 per gallon, which is 7.3 cents less than last week, 13 cents higher than last month and 21 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the price is $4.315, 5.4 cents below last week, 11 cents above last month, and 24 cents higher than last year.

On the Central Coast, the average price is $4.369, down 5.1 cents from last week, 11 cents higher than a month ago, and 20 cents above last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $4.311, down 5.9 cents from last week, 12 cents higher than last month, and 23 cents more than last year.

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