The largest state in the United States has the highest gas prices in the country. The national average fell slightly to $ 3,416 on Friday.
AAA said heavy rains in northern California have pushed production capacity, which then trickled down to southern California – just like what happened in Louisiana with Hurricane Ida.
“It’s a bit of a supply crisis we have right now, it’s not a big deal until the refineries in Northern California can return to full production capacity,” said Jeffrey Spring, Corporate Communications Manager at Automobile Club in Southern California.
Prices are pushing $ 5 in some areas, including Northern California’s Humboldt County, where the average price was $ 4,971 on Friday. Bay Area has increased to over $ 4.80.
Prices have not plateaued yet, Spring said.
“What’s happening in the Bay Area indicates that we may be on top of this price increase, with the exception of other issues,” Spring said. “So we hope by the end of the year that things will start to go down.”
California reached a record price in 2012 after refining errors that led to prices rising for a few weeks before declining again.