(The Center Square) – It should come as no surprise that the cost of gasoline hit a new record high on Monday as many Americans kicked off the summer season traveling over the long weekend.
The national average price of a gallon of gasoline climbed to $4.62 per gallon Monday, up about a penny from Sunday and $1.58 higher than last Memorial Day, when the average cost was $3.04.
Many observers say the cost has yet to peak and expect only higher prices as summer wears on.
“The summer driving season is here! With it, the most expensive #gasprices we’ve ever seen on a Memorial Day: $4.60/gal, and we’ll likely make a run to $4.75/gal in the next couple weeks barring any major change,” GasBuddy’s Patrick de Haan tweeted. “Est[imated] odds of reaching a national of $5/gal this summer: 65%.”
Earlier in May, the average cost of gas hit a new record high every day for two consecutive weeks.
The average cost of a gallon of diesel fuel was $5.52 Monday. Diesel powers the semis that truckers drive to transport food and other consumer goods across the country, contributing to 40-year-high inflation.
In seven states, all but one out west, the average price of a gallon of gasoline is at least $5 a gallon. Illinois is the non-west outlier, with the average price on Monday at $5 a gallon (rounding up from $4.996).
In California, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline reached $6.15, highest in the U.S.