The annual spring season rise in gas prices continues to take place in Bellingham.
The average price for a gallon of gas in the Bellingham metro area on Tuesday, April 1 was $3.79, up 6 cents from a week ago and up 26 cent in the past month, according to data from AAA Washington.
A variety of factors are in play when it comes to rising prices locally during the spring, including increased demand as well as less supply while local refineries change gas blends and do maintenance work.
While up in the past month, local gas prices are 12 cents lower than a year ago.
Bellingham continues to have the highest gas prices compared to other major metro areas in Washington. Seattle has the next highest average price at $3.75 a gallon. Spokane has the least expensive, at $3.43 a gallon.