Gas pump. Photo credit: Alexander Nguyen

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose 1.9 cents Friday to $4.049, the third consecutive increase following a 22-day streak of decreases.

The average price is one-tenth of a cent less than one week ago and 5.8 cents lower than one month ago, but 26.4 cents higher than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It has risen 70.8 cents since the start of the year.

The average price rose three-tenths of a cent on Wednesday and six- tenths of a cent on Thursday.

The average price dropped 18.5 cents during the 22-day streak of decreases to its lowest amount since Sept. 28. The decreases followed a run of 19 increases in 21 days which pushed the average price to its highest amount since July 20, 2015.

“Breakdowns at the Chevron refinery in El Segundo and the Phillips 66 refinery in Wilmington sent wholesale Los Angeles gasoline prices up by more than 40 cents this week,” said Jeffrey Spring, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s corporate communications manager.

“We would normally start to see prices drop significantly in November after stations start selling the cheaper winter blend of gasoline, but this supply glitch will delay that price decline.”

–City News Service

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