Local drivers are paying more at the pump, and they don't like it.

The average gasoline price in York climbed to $3.69 on Wednesday, which is about 15 cents more per gallon than motorists were paying last month.

"It keeps getting higher and higher," said Jacob Peck, a 37-year-old West Manchester Township resident.

He said it costs about $6 more than it did in March to fill up the tank of his Ford F-150.

"Six bucks isn't the end of the world, but it adds up over time," Peck said.

No relief: Motorists are unlikely to see relief anytime soon, analysts said.

"It might break $3.80 a gallon before Memorial Day and will probably stay in the $3.75 range through summer," said Bob Astor, spokesman for Shipley Energy.

Gas prices increase and peak every year as demand picks up and oil refineries switch from the winter blend gasoline to the summer blend, but the peak is a little later this year.

Prices peaked at $3.79 a gallon in February last year. To be climbing in April is a little late, but a harsher winter is partially to blame, analysts said.

Refineries typically cut production to do seasonal maintenance between high demand periods for heating oil in the winter and gasoline in the summer. That production break limits supplies and drives up prices.

"There's been a little later turnaround because of a longer, colder winter. We were selling more heating oil, and refineries stayed on longer," Astor said.

Now that winter seems to have loosened its grip, gas prices are rising across the country.

Higher than last year: In York, they are 41 cents higher per gallon than they were a year ago, according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report.

"I know I'm paying more than I was last spring," said Jamelle Mann, a 42-year-old York City resident. "I'm spending about $80 a week on gas, and I know I wasn't spending that last year."

The York increases are in line with price jumps across the country.

The national average increased from $3.52 in March to $3.67 this week, according to AAA.

On Wednesday, the state average climbed to $3.72, up from $3.61 a month ago, according to GasBuddy.com.

"We're closing in on the peak," said Gregg Laskoski, senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy.

Prices will continue to increase, but at a nominal rate, he said.

"It won't be as aggressive as the jump from March to April," Laskoski said.

Tory Reid, a 46-year-old York Township resident, will feel better when she sees prices go down again.

"It just makes you nervous when it goes up a little every week. You wonder how high it's gonna get," she said.

Prices will continue to climb into May and stay high during the summer, Laskoski said.

"Memorial Day weekend starts the summer driving season. People with cabin fever from the long winter will want to get out and go, and that will increase demand and prices," he said.

—Reach Candy Woodall at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.