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Gas prices remain high on the Central Coast despite national drop in demand

Posted at 8:02 PM, May 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-17 23:02:52-04

Gas prices are dropping across the nation and in other parts of California, but drivers on the Central Coast are still seeing high prices at the pump.

AAA says demand for gasoline dropped dramatically this week, to levels typically seen in the fall or winter.

The decrease in demand, which is partially blamed on inclement weather in the Rockies and Midwest, triggered a price drop in many parts of the country.

In Los Angeles County, the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline dropped for the 10th consecutive day on Friday, hitting $4.04. The average price in the region dropped more than 7 cents in the past 10 days, according to AAA. Similar price decreases were also seen in Orange County.

However, on the Central Coast, the drop hasn’t been quite as dramatic.

The current average for a gallon of regular gasoline in San Luis Obispo County is $4.20, which is down just three cents from a week ago.

In Santa Barbara County, the current average for a gallon of regular gas is $4.10, which is down four cents from a week ago.

Experts say with the busy summer travel season approaching, gas prices will likely rise again leading up to Memorial Day.