Gas prices hit record 3.104 per gallon in Columbus

It's not your fumes-induced imagination.

The price of gasoline has begun to rise in Columbus, following reports earlier this week that crude futures had closed for the first time above $100 a barrel.

So it shouldn't be a surprise that the price of a gallon of regular unleaded hit a record high locally Friday.

Those tanking up in Columbus are now paying an average of $3.104 per gallon, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report, which tracks prices nationwide.

Of course, that's the average. Some stations in town have been spotted selling regular at nearly $3.13 per gallon.

Diesel also hit its "highest recorded price" of $3.548 in Columbus, AAA reported.

Mid-grade in Columbus is selling for an average of $3.336 a gallon, while premium is at $3.485.

The current fuel price is 9 pennies higher than a month ago, but a whopping $1 higher than a year ago when a gallon was being sold here at an average of $2.096.

The highest recorded average for regular unleaded Friday in Georgia's major metro areas was $3.151 per gallon in Savannah. The lowest was $3.068 in Augusta.

Alabama's metro areas were averaging between $3.08 and $3.11 per gallon.

The national average was $3.115.

Some energy analysts are predicting a gallon of gas may reach $4 this summer if global demand continues to accelerate.