Gas hits record high in Columbus

After a nearly two-week reprieve from rising gasoline prices, the price per gallon ticked up nearly a penny today for another record high in Columbus.

The average price of regular unleaded climbed to $3.235 per gallon, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report. It is eight-tenths higher than on Sunday.

It's also up from $3.13 per gallon a month ago and $2.51 per gallon on March 31 a year ago.

Still, AAA is predicting prices won't rise much this week due to uncertainty in the futures trading market.

"Conflicting signals from the Department of Energy data — reporting increased gasoline inventories — countered by market analysts who are uncertain whether investors’ profit taking on crude oil will stall both crude and retail gasoline prices, will likely result in little movement of prices at the pumps this week,” said Randy Bly, director of community relations for AAA Auto Club South.

Crude oil was trading at $105.62 per barrel on Friday.

Diesel fuel, meanwhile, hit its all-time high March 21 in Columbus. It now stands at an average of $4 per gallon locally.

The highest average of regular unleaded gas recorded in Georgia Monday is $3.27 per gallon in Savannah, just off that city's record high on Sunday.

The state's lowest average can be found in Augusta, which is just over $3.18 per gallon.

On the national front, the average for regular unleaded Monday is $3.29 per gallon, an all-time high, AAA reported. Diesel is approaching $4.04 per gallon.

AAA said its "Daily Fuel Gauge Report" reflects prices from credit card transactions within the past 24 hours at two-thirds — 100,000 stations — of the gasoline outlets across the U.S.