Jump at the Pump Just in Time for Summer
MIAMI - SEPTEMBER 15: Gas is pumped into a vehicle September 15, 2008 in Miami, Florida. Gasoline prices rose nearly 5 cents a gallon Monday, bringing the total increase in the three days since Hurricane Ike slammed into Texas to almost 17 cents, according to a nationwide survey.
The average price of unleaded regular rose 4.7 cents to $3.842 a gallon, according to the survey released by motorist group AAA. That followed increases of 5.8 cents Saturday and 6.2 cents Sunday, which was the biggest one-day spike since after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005 . (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
The average price of regular gasoline in the United States has jumped more than seven cents over a two-week period to $2.92.
If it keeps going this way, gas will easily be over the three dollar mark by the unofficial start of the summer season on Memorial Day.
The numbers come from the national Lundberg Survey of fuel prices released Sunday.
Analyst Trilby Lundberg says the average price for a gallon of mid-grade was $3.05. Premium was at $3.16.
The Bay Area is not on the top of the national list.
Denver had the lowest average price among cities surveyed at $2.71 a gallon for regular. Chicago was highest at $3.22.
Diesel was at $3.15, up 6.87 cents from two weeks ago.
In California, the average price for a gallon of regular rose about six cents to $311.62.
Bakersfield had the state's least expensive gas at $3.04 a gallon. As usual, San Francisco was the steepest at $3.15.
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