NOAA's map below does a good job showing how new heat records, along with drought, was pretty much widespread over the United States.
Down under in Australia the Australian Bureau of Meteorology made a new color in order to display temperature forecasted between 54 and 56 degrees Celsius (129 to 133 Fahrenheit).
|So hot it went from black death to somesort of deep cosmic purple|
Interestingly enough, despite record annual warm temperatures, the snow extent in North America for December was the largest ever recorded. This despite global warming/climate change models which predicted less snow.