Gas prices expected to climb as summer approaches

CAMARILLO, Calif. (KRON) — Gas prices are expected to climb as we get closer to summer.

Prices at the pump remained low over the past month in the Bay Area and statewide but a change in season might signal impending increases, AAA officials said.

The average price of gas in the Bay Area was $2.42 as of Tuesday, exhibiting no change since the same time in February, according to AAA officials.

The price at the pump remained low over the past month in the Bay Area. Experts said refineries are beginning to reduce production in preparation for the seasonal switchover to summer-blend gasoline.

That is when we typically see an uptick in prices. The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded in Oakland is $2.40.

In San Francisco, the average price is $2.54. And in San Jose, drivers are paying $2.41 on average right now.

Refineries are beginning to reduce production in preparation for the seasonal switchover to summer-blend gasoline, AAA spokeswoman Cynthia Harris said.

“Prices generally move during this time of year and the impact of this shift in schedule, combined with other seasonal factors, may cause prices to temporarily swing upward at the regional level at a faster rate than normal,” Harris said in a statement.

The national average price for regular unleaded gas is $1.81 per gallon, 6 cents higher than a month ago, according to the AAA. California prices have actually slightly decreased overall from

California prices have actually slightly decreased overall from last month, from $2.49 to $2.46 per gallon.

Bay City News contributed to this report

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