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All that long weekend driving will cost you this year.

The first three-day weekend of the summer season is upon us but travelers will not get a break from gas prices.

"I really don't pay attention to be honest. It's high.  $3.50, that's not too bad I guess," said one motorist.

It's hard to blame anyone if they're numb at this point. The average price for a gallon of regular is up 18 cents in the past month nationwide to $3.68, although the price in the Washington metropolitan region is lower: $3.57. 

"This time around it's an anomaly because for the last two Memorial Day holiday weekends we saw gas prices going down heading into the holiday. This time they're going up," said John Townsend, a spokesman for AAA Mid-Atlantic.

Townsend says a series of refinery outages has tightened supply and driven up the price. Maryland resident Brian Grimes isn't sure whom to blame, but he's tired of seeing his hard earned money sink into his gas tank all the same.

"I buy a hundred dollars worth of diesel fuel every day for my job, plus gasoline I gotta put in my truck here. It looks like it's going up daily now," he said.

The average price in Maryland is $3.50, in Virginia $3.39, and in D.C. it's $3.75.

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