Gas pump
Gas pump. Photo credit: Alexander Nguyen

Predictions of 30-cent-per gallon gas price hikes over the weekend failed to materialize Sunday, as the price for fuel in San Diego County went up only 2.5 cents in the last day.

The average price for a gallon of unleaded in the San Diego area on Saturday was $2.442, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California.

Those prices had gone up nearly five cents Friday, the day after consumers activists warned of a looming 30 cent weekend jump due to shutdowns at refineries timed to the advantage of oil companies.

The current prices were slightly more than 12 cents a gallon higher than a week ago, but about 25 cents less than a month ago, and nearly $1 less than a year ago.

Prices were a bit higher in other parts of Southern California:  $2.524 in Los Angeles County, and $2.508 in Orange County, according to the Automobile Club.

Gas was going for $2.423 in Riverside County.

— City News Service