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LA County Gas Prices Drop 12 Cents. More Relief Could Be On The Way

A woman wearing a black sleeveless top, jeans shorts, and a white mask and holding an iPhone in her hand walks past a gray gas station sign with the numbers "5.84" and then the words "Plus Gasoline" over the number "6.04."
A pedestrian walks past a gas station advertising gas prices on March 25, 2022 in Los Angeles.
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After the recent surge in gas prices, Californians are finally seeing an itsy-bitsy dropoff in cost at the pump.

Gas prices have fallen 12 cents per gallon in Southern California this week. While that might not sound like a whole lot, it's one of the more significant declines we've seen these past couple months.

So what’s behind the sudden relief? For one thing, local refineries are stepping up production, according to Marie Montgomery with the Automobile Club of Southern California.

"The good news is that gas prices are going down right now, and [it] looks like there is room to come down even further than that," Montgomery said. "The bad news is they're still pretty close to $6 a gallon on average."

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Currently, the average price of gas in L.A. is $5.92, and the average price in Orange County is $5.87.The lowest you can probably expect to pay in Southern California right now, according to Montgomery? $5.19 a gallon.

We’re still a long way from normalcy, but Montgomery's optimistic we'll see lower prices next week — just in time if you’re planning a road trip for spring break.

What questions do you have about Southern California?