The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Riverside County rose Sunday for the 30th time in 33 days, increasing 1.1 cents to $4.84, its highest amount since Dec. 1.

The average price has increased 40.7 cents over the past 33 days, including 2.6 cents Saturday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It is 10 cents more than one week ago and 34.2 cents higher than one month ago, but 29.4 cents less than one year ago.

The average price has dropped $1.533 since rising to a record $6.373 on Oct. 5, 2022.

The rising prices are the result of reduced supply caused by refinery maintenance and breakdowns, according to Doug Shupe, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s corporate communications manager.

The national average price rose for the fifth consecutive day following a run of 29 decreases in 31 days, increasing three-tenths of a cent to $3.402. The national average price is 3.4 cents more than one week ago, but 7.3 cents less than one month ago and 52 cents lower than one year ago. It has dropped $1.614 since rising to a record $5.016 on June 14.

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