Nevada gas prices are rising as national gas prices are going down.

Nevada now ranks third when it comes to gas prices in the country, according to AAA. The average price for gas in Nevada is $3.44 for a gallon of regular unleaded. In the Reno area, it is around $3.65. That’s an increase of 37 cents in a single month.

“Absolutely high.  It’s ridiculous,” says Joe Chaney, a Sparks resident who stopped to get gas in East Reno.  “It is what it is,” says Joe Sheldon, who was getting gas in Reno.  “It’s part of living in the United States…”

Here is what is happening.

Avila says that prices should start to stabilize by the end of the week or early next week as refineries in California come fully back online after maintenance issues.

“Within the last week, Nevada’s gas prices have increased 14 cents. That’s a lot if you think about it. These prices are somewhat rare for the time,” says Avila.  “Typically, this time of year, when the summer driving season is over kids are heading back to school, this is typically when prices would start to go down a bit, but those refinery issues have really dwindled down the supply in our region and that’s what’s really at the heart of this price increase.”

The average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline is $2.65.