A motorist pumps gas on Congress Street in Portland on Tuesday, March 8, 2022. Prices rose around 30 cents in the city this week. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

Regular gas prices in Maine have risen to the highest point recorded in recent history.

The average cost of one gallon of regular unleaded gas rose to $4.19 on Tuesday, according to AAA’s gas price tracker — five cents higher than a record of $4.14 reported in 2008.

That’s an increase of about 10 cents since yesterday’s statewide average, when the price for a gallon of regular gas hit $4.09 and a 53.5 percent increase from the average price a year ago, which was $2.73. The price of a gallon of regular gas has risen 63 cents over the past month.

The average price of a gallon of mid-grade unleaded gas rose to $4.42 on Tuesday, while premium gas rose to $4.68 a gallon and diesel rose to $4.83 a gallon.

The price of a gallon of diesel has risen more than 61 percent since the same time last year, when it was priced at $2.99 per gallon.

The average price for regular gas was the highest in Cumberland County at $4.24 per gallon. Average prices in all 16 counties are just slightly over $4.

Prices throughout the rest of New England all topped $4 for a gallon of regular gas, with Connecticut being the highest at $4.35 and New Hampshire the lowest at $4.15.

GasBuddy lists some of the lowest prices in the state at the 7-Eleven in Lewiston, where a gallon of regular gas is $3.50, and Mapleton Oil in Fort Fairfield at $3.50 per gallon. Bangor’s lowest price is $3.85 at a Citgo station.

On Tuesday, President Joe Biden announced new bans on Russian oil imports in retaliation over its invasion of Ukraine, acknowledging that it would impact the price that Americans pay at the pump.

The average price for a gallon of gas in the U.S. hit a record $4.17 Tuesday, rising by 10 cents in one day, and up 55 cents since last week, according to AAA.

Leela Stockley

Leela Stockley is an alumna of the University of Maine. She was raised in northern Maine, and loves her cat Wesley, her puppy Percy and staying active in the Maine outdoors.