California gasoline prices are the second-highest in the nation, with the Fresno-area’s average prices climbing 9 cents over the last month to $2.70 a gallon .
AAA of Northern California released its monthly gas price report Monday.
The average cost of a gallon of unleaded gasoline in California rose 7 cents to $2.73 a gallon.
Both prices are well above the national average of $2.18 a gallon.
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In California, issues at two refineries and limited gasoline supplies coupled with strong demand are pushing prices up, said Cynthia Harris, spokeswoman for AAA Northern California.
Prices typically drop this time of year as the busy travel season ends and California switches to a winter blend of gasoline that is cheaper to make. Once the supply issues are resolved, California’s prices are expected to drop, she said.