The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose Wednesday for the 19th consecutive day, increasing six-tenths of a cent to $4.16, its highest amount since Oct. 21, 2019.

The average price has increased 13.4 cents over the past 19 days, including a half-cent Tuesday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It is 5.3 cents more than one week ago, 18.1 cents higher than one month ago and $1.301 greater than one year ago.

The average price has risen 92.8 cents since the start of the year, mainly because of a run of 59 increases in 60 days totaling 57.9 cents that ended March 21.

The Orange County average price rose two-tenths of a cent to $4.118, its highest amount since Oct. 22, 2019. It has increased 15 of the past 16 days, rising 11 cents, including 1.2 cents Tuesday.

The Orange County average price is 4.6 cents more than one week ago, 16.8 cents higher than one month ago and $1.309 greater than one year ago. It has risen 91 cents since the start of the year, mainly because of a run of 72 increases in 73 days totaling 68.1 cents that ended March 20.

The large price increases from one year ago are the result of significant decreases 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.

A more appropriate comparison would be with the average prices from two years ago. The Los Angeles County average price is 8.4 cents more than it was on May 12, 2019, while the Orange County average price is 7.3 cents more.

The shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline due to a cyberattack that has caused shortages on the East Coast is not expected to affect gasoline prices in Southern California, Marie Montgomery, a public relations specialist with the Automobile Club of Southern California, told City News Service.

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