The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Riverside County rose for the eight consecutive day Saturday after dropping 10 of the previous 11 days to its lowest amount since March 4, increasing 2 cents to $5.241.

The average price is 10 cents more than one week ago, 5.2 cents less than one month ago, and 92.5 cents more than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and the Oil Price Information Service.

It has fallen $1.089 since rising to a record $6.33 on June 14.

“This week’s record-high temperatures greatly increased the probability of refinery power blackouts in the state, which can take refineries offline for days or even weeks after the outages,” said Doug Shupe, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s corporate communications and programs manager.

“Although no outages have been reported so far, sellers with extra supplies of gasoline have raised their prices and imported gasoline on cargo ships is not being delivered right now in anticipation of future need, which drove up Los Angeles wholesale gasoline prices sharply in the last week. In addition, there are some regional refinery issues that have reduced gasoline production and inventories.”

The national average price dropped for the 88th consecutive day since rising to a record, falling 1.4 cents to $3.724. It has dropped $1.292 since rising to a record $5.016 on June 14.

The national average price is 7.2 cents less than one week ago and 28.6 cents less than one month ago, but 54.5 cents more than one year ago.

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