The average price of unleaded regular gasoline in California rose just 3 cents a gallon in the past month, according to the latest monthly, statewide AAA report released Tuesday.
AAA said the statewide average of $2.80 a gallon was up from $2.77 in the April 12 survey.
The average price in Northern California jumped 6 cents, from $2.71 in April to the current $2.77 a gallon. The average in the Sacramento area on Tuesday was $2.68 a gallon, up 5 cents from last month.
All Northern California jurisdictions saw monthly gains, but most were comparatively moderate.
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“Historically, gasoline demand increases leading into the summer driving season, and this year so far is no different,” said Cynthia Harris, AAA Northern California spokeswoman. “However, lower gas prices are contributing to drivers taking to the roads at record levels, and the 2016 summer driving season is expected to rival 2007, when gasoline demand hit an all-time high.”
The least expensive gas in the region is in Marysville, where the average price is $2.53 a gallon.