It's raining, it's pouring, but the price of gas is down again overnight.

The average for a gallon of regular no-lead in the five-county Philadelphia area went down 2 cents, to $1.82, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.

South Jersey's average was down a cent, to $1.55; the national average was down 2 cents, to $1.66.

Diesel prices also declined: the Philly region's by 2 cents, to $2.86; South Jersey's by 1 cent, to $2.54; and the national average by 3 cents, to $2.59.

Meanwhile, oil prices rose about 4 percent today to near $45 a barrel as investors looked past an energy watchdog's warnings that global demand is sliding sharply and focused on expectations of a big OPEC production cut next week.

A weaker dollar and news that Congress was one step closer to approving $14 billion in loans to Detroit's automakers also helped boost prices, although another poor unemployment report in the United States kept a lid on gains.

On Wednesday, the contract rose 3.4 percent, or $1.45, to settle at $43.52.