A car is shown at a gas station near the San Diego State University campus. Photo by Megan Wood via inewsource

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose three-tenths of a cent Sunday to $4.152, its 18th increase in 19 days.

The average price increased 16 consecutive days, was unchanged Friday and rose six-tenths of a cent Saturday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It has increased 11.4 cents over the past 19 days to its highest amount since Oct. 17, 2019.

The average price is 3 cents higher than one week ago, 15.5 cents more than one month ago and $1.333 greater than one year ago. It has risen 107 of the past 116 days, increasing 80.7 cents, and 92.5 cents since the start of the year.

The large price increase from one year ago is the result of a significant decrease during the early stage of the coronavirus pandemic, when driving and demand dropped substantially because of stay-at-home orders intended to reduce the spread of the virus.

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