The national average price for gasoline reached a record high Thursday (April 15) but gas prices have started to drift lower in Southern California, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California.
Gas prices in California are declining because the state’s “refineries have been able to keep their production levels near capacity, quelling nervousness that strong demand could outstrip supplies,” Auto Club spokeswoman Carol Thorp said. “If this situation continues, we could see retail pump prices drift lower by a couple of cents per week over the next several weeks.”
Meanwhile, in other parts of the country, prices most likely will continue to climb during the next few weeks as refineries in many states begin producing special gasoline blends to satisfy summertime clean-air standards.
In Southern California, the average price for regular unleaded in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area on Thursday was $2.219 a gallon, which is down from a record $2.233 a gallon set Saturday, April 10.
In San Diego, the average on Thursday was $2.236 a gallon, down from a record $2.240 set on April 9.
Nationally, a new record of $1.788 a gallon was established Thursday.