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Lower Gas Prices, For Now

The price at the pump continues to drop in California, but may soon bounce back upward.

AAA´s Jenny Mack says an unseasonably warm winter on the East Coast combined with a lower demand in the winter than summer has lowered the retail price of fuel. But, that may soon change.

Mack says the onset of colder weather has increased the demand for heating oil, which will likely detract from reserves built up during the warmer weather.

The national average price of regular-unleaded fuel is $1.81 a gallon. In California the statewide average is $1.95 per gallon. The most expensive place in the state fill up is Southern California, where regular-unleaded cost an average of $1.98 a gallon in Los Angeles, Riverside and Bakersfield. Some of the least expensive gas in the golden state can be found in Stockton, Lodi and Tracy where the average price of regular-unleaded is $1.80 per gallon. In Tuolumne County the average price for the same gas is $1.93 for each gallon pumped.