California gas prices on track to hit $4 a gallon for first time since 2014

If you drive to work, your commute is likely to get more expensive in coming months.

Gas prices are climbing across the nation and California drivers are among those expected to get hit the hardest at the pump. In the last week alone, many Golden State cities have seen a 20-cent rise in prices.

Analysts are warning they may reach as high as $4 a gallon for the first time since 2014 when average prices soared to around $4.15, according to the California Energy Commission.

San Francisco doesn’t have far to go to hit the $4 mark: On Tuesday, the average price of gas was $3.93 a gallon.

Gas prices rose in nearly every state again last week, but the surge is more significant on the West Coast due to issues at refineries, including outages, according to Gas Buddy.

The national average gas price has been inching up for two months straight, tacking on a total of 50 cents per gallon in the last 90 days. On Monday, the nationwide average was $2.75 a gallon.

“California will soon be home to something not seen in nearly five years: a statewide average of over $4 per gallon, with some of the largest cities there swelling to averages as high as $4.15 per gallon before any relief arrives,” Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, said in a statement.

This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/California-rising-gas-prices-4-dollar-gallon-13753332.php.

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