Gas Jumps 45 Cents a Gallon in a Month: AAA

Sticker shock comes at gas stations and not car lots here in the Bay Area

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    The latest AAA survey shows gas prices have skyrocketed again, putting the California average for a gallon of gas at $4.06. That's a 45 cent jump in one month, according to the latest AAA Northern California monthly gas survey.

    AAA says the reasons are many and include the conversion to summer-blend gasoline, statewide refinery issues, and a rise in crude oil prices.

    “The price of gasoline in California rose above $4.00 per gallon on Friday, marking the first time since November 3, 2012, when California was last above this level, that a state average in the continental U.S. has exceeded this threshold.” said Cynthia Harris, AAA spokesperson.

    California has the second highest state average price for gasoline. Hawaii is the highest at $4.24.

    Northern California gas prices are now averaging $3.95, a change of 39 cents in price from last month’s report. Here in the Bay Area, you can expect to pay an average price of $4.03, which is up 35 cents from last month.

    The least expensive average price of gas in Northern California is in Modesto, where regular is $3.84 per gallon. Eureka has the highest average price at $4.15.