The average price has risen in seven of the past eight days to its highest level since Nov. 15, 2019. In that eight-day span, it has increased 4.1 cents, including four-tenths of a cent on Sunday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.
The average price has exceeded $4 because of "the continued recovery of fuel demand in Southern California and anticipation that demand will only grow once more pandemic-related restrictions are lifted'' and oil prices continuing to stay at higher levels, which adds to the cost of producing gasoline, according to Marie Montgomery, a public relations specialist with the Automobile Club of Southern California.
The price is also $4 a gallon in Ventura County.
The Orange County average price rose for the seventh consecutive day, increasing one-tenth of a cent to $3.985, its highest amount since Nov. 14, 2019. It has increased 3.5 cents over the past seven days, including three-tenths of a cent on Sunday.
The Orange County average price is 3.5 cents more than one week ago, eight cents higher than one month ago and $1.12 greater than one year ago.
These are the highest prices since the pandemic began.
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City News Service contributed to this report.