Gas hits record high today in Columbus

Gasoline prices set another record high today in Columbus and nationally.

The average price of regular unleaded climbed to $3.259 per gallon, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report. It was four-tenths higher than on Sunday.

That's up from $3.20 per gallon a month ago and $2.61 per gallon on April 7 a year ago.

The highest average recorded in Georgia today is $3.33 per gallon in Albany, an all-time high for that city.

The state's lowest average can be found in Augusta, which is $3.21 per gallon, still a record high for that city.

Diesel fuel prices have been flat overall for more than two weeks. They registered $3.98 per gallon today in Columbus.

On the national front, the average for regular unleaded today is an all-time high of $3.34 per gallon, AAA reported. Diesel is nearly $4.04 per gallon.

The upward trend shows no signs of slowing, according to AAA. Crude oil prices were more than $106 per barrel Friday.

"Although the U.S. Department of Energy reported that crude oil inventories rose and demand is down, OPEC output for March is said to be at its lowest level in five years," said Randy Bly, director of community relations for AAA Auto Club South.

"With Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke acknowledging the presence of economic recession and crude oil trading above $105 per barrel, retail fuel prices should continue to escalate," he said.